The Archbishop of Canterbury has called a meeting of leading bishops to discuss loosening the Anglican Church’s global structure due to growing differences over homosexuality and female bishops. The Anglican Communion, the world’s third largest Christian body with 80 million members, has been split between the more liberal churches of North America and Britain, where women are now allowed to become bishops and same sex couples can marry, and their more conservative counterparts in Africa.

In 2013, senior African Anglican leaders denounced the Church of England’s decision to allow celibate gay bishops, warning this would only widen divisions within the worldwide Anglican Communion. Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury who is spiritual leader of the Anglican Church, will propose to the 38 national church heads that communion be reorganized as a group of churches all formally linked to Canterbury but no longer necessarily to each other. FULL REPORT