"This past summer the General Convention of the Episcopal Church accepted a report from the standing commission on liturgy and music, which contained a liturgy for the blessing of same-sex relationships. The convention resolution states that the proposed liturgy may be used by clergy in a diocese,'Under the direction and subject to the permission of the bishop exercising ecclesiastical authority.'
"'For me it is not an issue of legislation, but of conscience and polity,' Jacobus wrote in his address.'If I give permission for the blessing of same-sex relationships in the diocese, I am saying that I have no theological difficulty with it. But in fact, I have serious reservations.'
"He went on to state that, because he cannot encourage or support the proposed liturgy or anything like it, the liturgy will not be authorized for use in the Fond du Lac Diocese ..."