Tuesday, September 9, 2008
A neutral, court-appointed party will take inventory at the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh as it prepares for a secession vote on October 4th. Calvary Episcopal Church in Shadyside began arguing against a potential secession in 2005. Since then, that congregation has led a minority of churches against Bishop Robert Duncan's plan to leave the U.S. branch of the Anglican Communion for the Anglican Province of the Southern Cone in South America, a much more conservative following. Spokesperson Rev. Peter Frank says the diocese is concerned with ensure that each side is treated "fair and equitably." The disagreement between Calvary and the diocese is over specific doctrine and sexual ethics.