Thursday, September 18, 2008
The Episcopal Church's House of Bishops has deposed Bishop Robert Duncan of Pittsburgh for abandonment of communion. Eighty-nine bishops voted in favor of deposing Duncan, 35 voted against and four abstained according to several sources in the House of Bishops. Further details to come.
Read it all here at The Episcopal Cafe.
Clearly, this came as no surprise to anyone. Here is Bishop Duncan's statement
BISHOP DUNCAN'S STATEMENT ON HIS "DEPOSITION"
It is a very sad day for The Episcopal Church. It is a sad day for me, a faithful son of that church.
Nevertheless it is also a hopeful day, hopeful because of theunstoppable Reformation that is overtaking the Christian Church in the West. It is also a hopeful day for me personally as I am unanimously welcomed into the House of Bishops of the Anglican Province of the Southern Cone, an act applauded by Anglican archbishops, bishops,
clergy and people all around the world.
The Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh will move forward under its new Ecclesiastical Authority, its Standing Committee. That body will carry the diocese through to our realignment vote on October 4. With the success of that vote, it will be possible that we be joined together again as bishop and people.
I offer my deepest thanks to the company of saints all around the globe who have sustained me, my work and all who are dear to me in these days.
Note: The Diocese of Pittsburgh's Website is purported to carry this statement as well as the statement from the Standing Committee, but when I just went on, the website says that these statements are no longer available.
If at first you don't succeed, try, try again: http://www.pitanglican.org/news/local/
The Living Church has an article here.
UPDATE: Link to Progressive Episcopalians of Pittsburgh Press Release here.