Episcopal Church ordains 2nd openly gay bishop

Rev. Canon Diane M. Jardine Bruce, left, and Rev. Canon Mary Glasspool congratulate each other after their ordination and consecration ceremony, Saturday, May 15, 2010, in Long Beach, Calif. Seven years after the Episcopal Church caused an uproar by consecrating its first openly gay bishop, it has done the same thing again _ only this time with a woman. Glasspool, of Baltimore, was ordained and consecrated on Saturday, making her the second openly gay bishop in church history and one of the first two female bishops in the Diocese of Los Angeles' 114-year history. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Rev. Canon Diane M. Jardine Bruce, left, and Rev. Canon Mary Glasspool congratulate each other after their ordination and consecration ceremony, Saturday, May 15, 2010, in Long Beach, Calif. Seven years after the Episcopal Church caused an uproar by consecrating its first openly gay bishop, it has done the same thing again _ only this time with a woman. Glasspool, of Baltimore, was ordained and consecrated on Saturday, making her the second openly gay bishop in church history and one of the first two female bishops in the Diocese of Los Angeles’ 114-year history. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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LONG BEACH, California (AP) — Seven years after the Episcopal Church caused an uproar by consecrating its first openly gay bishop, it has done the same thing again — only this time with a woman.

The Rev. Canon Mary Glasspool, of Baltimore, was ordained and consecrated on Saturday, making her the second openly gay bishop in church history and one of the first two female bishops in the Diocese of Los Angeles’ 114-year history.

She was installed at Long Beach Arena before 3,000 people, who burst into applause at the end, church spokesman Bob Williams said.

Just before the ceremony began, a man stood, shouted about the need to repent and held up a sign that read “Do not be deceived, homosexuals will not inherit the kingdom of God.”

After he was escorted out, a young boy in the same section rose holding a Bible and shouted similar slogans. Security guards also led him out.

The Rev. Canon Diane M. Jardine Bruce, of San Clemente, California, was also ordained Saturday.

The two women were elected last December to serve as assistant bishops in the diocese’s six-county territory but conservative Episcopalians had urged the church not to ordain Glasspool. The decision to do so highlights a continued Episcopal commitment to accepting same-sex relationships despite enormous pressure from other Anglicans.

Bishop Jon Bruno, who gave a sermon at the ceremony, said he once opposed ordaining women, but now would be happily serving alongside two.

Bruno defended the church’s inclusive policies.

“The world’s transformed only if we turn to each and every one of our brothers and sisters and see the face of Christ superimposed on them,” he told the audience. “The ones we disagree with most are the ones we’re obligated to share our lives and teach the most.”

The Episcopal Church, which is the Anglican body in the United States, caused turmoil in the church in 2003 by consecrating the first openly gay bishop, V. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire.

Breakaway Episcopal conservatives have formed a rival church, the Anglican Church in North America.

Several overseas Anglicans have been pressuring Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, spiritual leader of the world’s 77 million Anglicans, to officially recognize the new conservative entity.

In 2004, Anglican leaders asked the Episcopal Church for a moratorium on electing another gay bishop while they tried to prevent a permanent break in the fellowship.

Since the request was made, some Episcopal gay priests have been nominated for bishop, but none was elected before Glasspool. In July 2009, the Episcopal General Convention, the U.S. church’s top policy making body, affirmed that gay and lesbian priests were eligible to become bishops.

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