Will Ordination of Women Bishops Cause Anglican Schism?

Rejecting a compromise proposal by the embattled Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, designed to appease the concerns of Anglo-Catholic and conservative evangelical Anglican traditionalists, the Church of England is moving one step closer to the ordination of women bishops; a move that some fear will further fracture an Anglican Communion already split along international faultlines over the ordination of gay clergy.

Will diverging perspectives on gender and sexuality determine the shape of the 21st-century Christian world?

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Joanna Brooks is the author of The Book of Mormon Girl: A Memoir of an American Faith (Free Press / Simon & Schuster, 2012) and a senior correspondent for Religion Dispatches.