Dissident Episcopal diocese backs off from outright split
Maintains distance from national church
Dec 26, 2006
A small Episcopal diocese in California distanced itself from the national church this month over disagreements about homosexuality and the Bible, but stopped short of the full split it had been considering.
The Fresno-based Diocese of San Joaquin was closely watched by Episcopalians and Anglicans across the globe, especially after Bishop John-David Schofield said it could become the “vanguard” of a new Anglican jurisdiction in North America.
But San Joaquin backed away from earlier language calling for a full split because it was “too specific” and would have “locked us into something” at a time when the Anglican landscape is shifting, said Van McCalister, a priest-spokesperson for the diocese.