Dissident bishops hold defiant service

"Unauthorized and clandestine"
Episcopal church leaders have reacted sharply to what one called an “unauthorized and clandestine” service in Ohio at which five retired conservative U.S. bishops, joined by a bishop from Brazil, confirmed 110 persons without the permission or presence of the diocesan bishop.

The confirmation service was held March 15 in the Presentation of Our Lord Orthodox Church in Fairlawn, Ohio, with the help of the conservative American Anglican Council and five area congregations unhappy with their bishop, J. Clark Grew II. Grew supported the election and consecration of openly gay Bishop V. Gene Robinson, who was officially invested March 7 as bishop of New Hampshire.

The secretly planned service, probably the most defiant step by dissidents to date, was held in an Orthodox church so that Grew could not act to stop it.


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