Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Congregations Abandon Episcopal Church, Unify with Defrocked Bishop

Leaders of the Episcopal Church USA voted to defrock Bishop Robert Duncan (Diocese of Pittsburgh) for leading 'dissidents' adhering to Scriptural authority.

-- From "Local churches align with deposed bishop" by Frances Borsodi Zajac, Herald-Standard (PA) 9/30/08

Two Fayette County churches are uniting themselves with their recently deposed Bishop Robert Duncan of the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh.

"He's standing firm and the diocese is going to stand with him," said the Rev. John T. Cruikshank, rector at St. Peter's Church in Uniontown.

Cruikshank and the Rev. Keith Pozzuto, rector of Christ Church in Brownsville, said both churches will send delegates to Saturday's diocesan convention in Monroeville to vote to realign the diocese with the South American-based Anglican Province of the Southern Cone, which made Duncan a bishop-at-large after U.S. bishops voted Sept. 18 in Salt Lake City to remove him.

Duncan has been a leader among those who believe the Episcopal Church no longer upholds classic Christian doctrines. They opposed the Episcopal Church's 2003 decision to elect and consecrate the Rev. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire, an openly gay man, as a bishop and offer services for same-sex marriage.

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