Sunday, March 16, 2008

Clock is ticking for fate of Bishop Duncan
American Episcopal bishops to be polled

Saturday, March 15, 2008
By Steve Levin, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The leader of the Episcopal Church will poll bishops nationally next month in an effort to move the possible deposition of Pittsburgh Bishop Robert W. Duncan Jr. ahead to May.

While Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori's reasons have not been made public, the impact of accelerating the deposition could be far reaching not only for Bishop Duncan but the entire worldwide Anglican Communion.

If the Episcopal Church's House of Bishops were to depose Bishop Duncan -- essentially defrocking him for abandoning the communion of the church for his efforts to move the Pittsburgh diocese out of the American church to a more conservative province within the worldwide Anglican Communion -- then the Archbishop of Canterbury would have to decide whether to disinvite him to this summer's once-a-decade meeting in Lambeth, England of all bishops in the worldwide church.
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