The Archbishop of Canterbury warned yesterday that the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles’ election of a lesbian and former Philadelphia priest as a bishop threatens to further divide the worldwide Anglican community.
On Saturday, the diocese’s annual convention by a narrow margin chose the Rev. Mary Glasspool, 55, as its next suffragen, or assistant, bishop. If approved by the Episcopal House of Bishops, Glasspool would be the denomination’s first openly gay female prelate.
Glasspool, who was assistant to the rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Chestnut Hill from 1981 to 1984, lives in an open relationship with her long-term partner, Becki Sander. Glasspool is currently on the staff of the Diocese of Maryland, where she is Canon to the Bishops.