Jan 10, 2005 / 22:00 pm
The same-sex marriage debate has caused a rift in the ecumenical movement in southwestern Ontario.
The Catholic Diocese of Hamilton pulled out of the annual ecumenical service with Anglicans and Lutherans, after the Anglican Diocese of Niagara approved blessings for same-sex couples by a vote of 213-106 at a November synod, reported RNS.
Niagara’s Anglican Bishop Ralph Spence declined to endorse the vote, saying the diocese needed to discuss the issue further.
Hamilton’s Catholics, Anglicans and Lutherans have gathered for the past four years during the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in January to renew and reaffirm recognition of one another’s baptismal vows.