Pittsburgh begins exit from Episcopal Church

Dissident diocese
The Diocese of Pittsburgh has taken a big step out the door of the Episcopal Church, declaring itself at odds with the denomination’s more liberal view of scripture and homosexuality and paving the way to join a more conservative Anglican branch.

By a tally of 227 to 82, lay and ordained delegates to Pittsburgh’s annual convention on November 2 voted to change their diocese’s constitution, removing language that requires “accession” to the national church.

“As a diocese we have come to a fork in the road,” Pittsburgh bishop Robert Duncan told delegates. “Indeed, it has become clear that our understandings are not only different, but mutually exclusive, even destructive to one another.”


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