A network for 'orthodox' Episcopalians

A church within a church
Dissidents in the Episcopal Church, angered by last year’s consecration of an openly gay bishop, have formally launched a new “network” to act as a church-within-a-church for traditionalists. Some 100 conservative leaders from 12 dioceses met January 19-20 at Christ Church in Plano, Texas, to approve a charter for the Network of Anglican Communion Dioceses and Parishes.

The group hopes one day to be recognized as a “true and legitimate” expression of Anglicanism on U.S. soil. Bishop Robert Duncan of Pittsburgh, who was elected the group’s first moderator, said creation of the new network is a “significant and joyful moment” for conservatives who feel besieged in the 2.3 million-member church.


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