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The Challenge of Definition: Conflict and Concord in Anglicanism1


To understand this current situation and possible responses to it, it is important first to define Anglicanism historically, then turn to the related issue of Anglican responses to the ordination of women, and finally to outline a model for comprehending and addressing the current conflict, the catalyst of which was the 2003 election and consecration of V Gene Robinson, an openly partnered gay priest and canon to the ordinary of New Hampshire, as that diocese's bishop. [...] whether it was the result of a pragmatic decision to secure an heir to the throne, a passionate desire for the Lady Anne, or a likely combination of the two, Henry's response to the pope's refusal to allow the dissolution of his marriage resulted in a chain of fateful events.

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