Sunday, October 18, 2009

New Episcopal bishop selected in Pittsburgh

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The convention of the formerly fractious Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh was a love fest yesterday as it chose a new bishop, gave emotional thanks to a departing one, adopted all resolutions unanimously and spoke graciously of people in the rival Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh (Anglican).

The approval of Bishop Kenneth L. Price Jr. as provisional, or temporary, bishop received a standing ovation from 111 deputies in Trinity Cathedral, Downtown. In a brief acceptance speech, he praised the diocese for civility in hard times.

"This tone of conciliation, respect and transparency is totally in keeping with my own desires and intentions," he said.

A split into two dioceses occurred in October 2008 after a majority of voters at last year's convention decided that the Episcopal Church failed to uphold biblical doctrine on matters from salvation to sexuality. They voted to follow Archbishop Robert Duncan into the Anglican Province of the Southern Cone in South America, which, like the Episcopal Church, is part of the global Anglican Communion.

The 28-parish Episcopal diocese recently won a lawsuit in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court regarding at least $18 million in centrally-held diocesan assets, but ownership of parish property remains to be resolved. The Anglican diocese has 58 parishes, most of which remain in buildings that the denomination's law says should revert to the Episcopal Church.

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