The formation of a new traditionalist North American Anglican province was announced on Wednesday during a celebratory service in Wheaton, Illinois.
Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, has been trying to stave off such a schism ever since Episcopalian leaders angered conservatives by consecrating their first ever openly homosexual bishop, Gene Robinson of New Hampshire, in 2003.
The splintering threatens not only the authority of the liberal-inclined Episcopal Church in the US and the Canadian Anglican church, but also the fragile unity of the 77 million-strong world Anglican Communion.
Read more an article from The Telegraph and The Common Cause Partnership press release. To me this would be a sad day but I understand the strong feelings held over this debate – I do think it will damage the Christian witness around the world if the Anglican church splits.