Dissident bishop is removed from Episcopal ministry

Robert Duncan of Pittsburgh
Episcopal bishops have removed Bishop Robert Duncan of Pittsburgh from the denomination’s ministry, saying the leading conservative in a church split has renounced and abandoned the Episcopal Church.

The action began on September 18— with 88 bishops in favor of removing Duncan, 35 against and four abstaining—during a special session of the Episcopal Church’s House of Bishops in Salt Lake City, Utah. Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori signed the formal sentence deposing Duncan the next day, declaring that his authority as an Episcopal bishop had ended.

The effect of removing Duncan may be limited, however, because the Diocese of Pittsburgh was poised to leave the Episcopal Church October 4 to join the more conservative Anglican Province of the Southern Cone, based in Argentina. It would be the second diocese to do so, after the Fresno, California–based Diocese of San Joaquin.


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