I’m not so sure that the temporary split of the American Episcopal Church from the Anglican Communion as punishment for ordaining an openly gay bishop will actually be temporary.  Based on what has already transpired, it stands to reason that a further schism will occur within the Episcopal Church of the United States between the traditionalists and the progressives.  The Lambeth Council has finally shed light on a punishment for recognizing the scientific fact that some people are just born gay, even embodied in the likes of their own Bishop Gene Robinson.  From the BBC:

But most of it was taken up with debating the Windsor report, set up by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, to try to resolve the crisis over homosexuality in the church.

What brought that simmering row to a head was the decision by US Anglicans to appoint an openly gay priest, Gene Robinson, as a bishop, and the Canadian agreement to bless same-sex unions.

The Windsor report contained a warning to the 77 million members of the worldwide Anglican communion.

It said: “There remains a very real danger that we will not choose to walk together.

“Should the call to halt and find ways of continuing in our present communion not be heeded, then we shall have to begin to learn to walk apart.”