Regional
11:55 am
Wed July 6, 2005

Elizabethtown Congregation Splits

Elizabethtown, KY – More than 100 members of an Episcopal church in Elizabethtown are leaving to form a new Anglican congregation. Their pastor says the move is partly due to the ordination of a gay bishop in New Hampshire two years ago.
The new church will be called Holy Apostles. It's the first to break away in the diocese of Kentucky amid the controversy. The diocese includes Louisville and the western part of the state.
The new church's first service will be this Sunday. The congregation's decision comes after controversies about the way the denomination is dealing with homosexuality.
In 2003, the nation's Episcopal Church approved the appointment of Kentucky native Gene Robinson as Bishop for the diocese of New Hampshire. He's openly gay. Robinson's appointment and a decision to create rites to bless same-sex unions have split the Episcopal Church.