A Connecticut Lutheran pastor has apologised
for participating in an interfaith prayer vigil for Sandy Hook victims because his church prohibits its clergy from worshipping with other faiths.
Rev Rob Morris of Christ the King Lutheran Church gave the benediction at a prayer vigil attended by leaders from Christian, Muslim and Jewish faiths, as well as by President Barack Obama and relatives of the 20 first graders who were killed.
Morris requested an announcement before the event explaining that participating clergy were not endorsing each other's views.
But in a statement posted February 1, the Missouri Synod president, the Rev Matthew Harrison, said Morris's 'specific and commendable' steps to avoid violating the church's constitution remained insufficient.
He said the event constituted joint worship since other clergy wore their vestments and the vigil included prayers and religious readings.