Heresy Charge Rejected in Gay Ordination Case

Heresy Charge Rejected in Gay Ordination Case
Episcopal Court Clears Retired Bishop Without Ruling on Morality Issue

By Bill Broadway, Washington Post Staff Writer

WILMINGTON, Del., May 15 - Declaring that the Episcopal Church doctrine does not prohibit the ordination of non-celibate homosexuals, an ecclesiastical court dismissed a heresy charge against retired bishop Walter C. Righter for ordaining a gay man....

Righter's attorney, Michael F. Rehill, said today's decision makes it possible for Episcopal bishops to ordain non-celibate homosexuals "without constraint." It also takes the heat off other bishops who have ordained homosexuals - including Bishop Ronald H. Haines and Suffragan Bishop Jane Holmes Dixon, both of the Washington Diocese. ...

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