Saturday, November 8, 2008

Duncan elected bishop of breakaway Episcopalians

From this morning's Post Gazette. In the words of Louie Renault "I'm shocked, shocked!" (Louie's in the hat).

By the way its interesting that there were 91 fewer lay deputies and 81 fewer clergy than at the Oct. 4th Convention. That's basically half.

He was the only candidate, receiving all 100 lay votes and all but one disqualified ballot from 79 clergy.

"It's not often you get to vote for the same bishop twice," said an elated Rev. Ann Paton, associate rector of the Church of the Ascension, Oakland.

Bishop Duncan was first elected here in 1995. He became a champion of Episcopalians who believe their denomination no longer upheld biblical authority, salvation through Jesus or Christian sexual ethics. Because of his efforts to remove the diocese from the Episcopal Church and realign it with a theologically conservative Anglican province in another country, the Episcopal House of Bishops voted on Sept. 18 to remove him. On Oct. 4 the majority of the diocese voted to secede and realign with the Anglican Province of the Southern Cone, based in Argentina.

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