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'No Ultimatum' for Episcopalians, Says Anglican Head

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1. Rowan Williams seems to give Episcopal Church a pass
There will be news today out of New Orleans, where Episcopal bishops are working on a statement responding to … something.

"Anglican leaders set a Sept. 30 deadline for the Americans to pledge unequivocally not to consecrate another gay bishop or approve an official prayer service for same-gender couples," says the Associated Press.

Not so fast, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams said at a press conference. "Despite what has been claimed, there is no 'ultimatum' involved. The Primates asked for a response by September 30 simply because we were aware that this was the meeting of the House likely to be formulating such a response."

Really? Sure sounded like an ultimatum back in February. That's why we headlined our story "Global Ultimatum,"and The New York Times headlined its story "Many Episcopalians wary, some defiant after ultimatum by Anglicans."

Here's the relevant part of the February document:

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