CNN Evening News for Sunday, Aug 10, 2003
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(Studio: Kelli Arena) Report introduced.
(New York: Jane King) The reaction of parishioners to the election of the Episcopal Church’s first openly gay bishop, Gene Robinson, and its affirmation of same-sex blessing ceremonies featured; scenes shown of Robinson at his home church in New Hampshire. [St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church Rev. Jay SIDEBOTHAM- says some people have said they will leave the Church.] [ROBINSON – says my primary role is being the bishop of New Hampshire.] [St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church parishioners Sandy ZIELIE, Anne NEITERT- offer opinions on the conflict in the Church.]
(Studio: Kelli Arena) Live discussion held with American Anglican Council president Rev. Canon David Anderson and Integrity president Rev. Michael Hopkins on the Episcopal Church’s decisions and if they will spur other churches to become more accepting of homosexuality. [ANDERSON – explains “constructive disengagement,” in which individual churches may choose to disengage from the general convention; says this is a greater break than occurred after the Church affirmed women’s ordination; comments on legal aspects of a split.] [HOPKINS – says the Church needs engagement; comments on the Archbishop of Canterbury’s call for an emergency meeting.]