A new split in the worldwide Anglican Communion was narrowly averted last night when clergy in Canada succeeded in preventing their Church moving towards same-sex marriage. The meeting of the General Synod near Toronto voted against a first reading of a resolution that, if passed, would have needed another vote at a second reading in 2019 when the synod meets next.

Most speakers at the synod supported gay marriage but the vote needed a two-thirds majority in all three houses of bishops, clergy and laity. After the Anglican Communion primates in January imposed “consequences” on The Episcopal Church over the issue of same-sex marriage….FULL REPORT