Episcopal Church gay clergy nominees stir controversy

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The Episcopal Church is fractured. Six years ago, the church elected a gay man, Gene Robinson, as a bishop in New England. That election split the US church.

Over the weekend, two gay clergy (a man from San Francisco and a woman from Baltimore) were among those nominated to fill a couple of open bishop positions in the Los Angeles diocese.

Kim Lawton has been following the story for the PBS program Religion & Ethics Newsweekly. She spoke with KPCC’s Steve Julian who asked how significant these nominations are, and whether the US church is reinventing itself to the point of parting ways with the Anglican Communion.