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Mexican Presbyterians shun U.S. church.

THE NATIONAL Presbyterian Church of Mexico has voted 116 to 22 in favour of ending its 139-year relationship with the Presbyterian Church (USA), in response to the U.S. church's decision earlier this year to allow the ordination of sexually active gays and lesbians.

Before the vote in August, there was talk of dissatisfaction with the U.S. church's decision to remove from the denomination's Book of Order a requirement that those being ordained practice fidelity if they are married, or chastity if they are single.

Presbyteries and sessions now will examine candidates for ordination or installation with the standard being that a candidate's "manner of life should be a demonstration of the Christian gospel in the church and in the world."

The Mexican delegates also voted not to re-establish any relationship with the U.S. church unless the change is rescinded, the news release said.

The Mexican church also considered the ordination of women to the priesthood. The special assembly, held from Aug. 17 to 19, was called specifically to discuss the issue and voted 158 to 14 to sustain its policy of not ordaining women. Any presbytery that has already ordained women must immediately revoke those ordinations. --ENI

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Title Annotation:World News
Publication:Presbyterian Record
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1MEX
Date:Oct 1, 2011
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