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Episcopal bishops plan to protest gay decision

December 19, 2003

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— Thirteen bishops have agreed to form a network of dioceses and congregations that disapprove of the Episcopal Church's consecration of an openly gay bishop.

Pittsburgh Bishop Robert W. Duncan will be moderator of the new Network of Anglican Communion Dioceses and Parishes, which he said was not breaking with the Episcopal Church, the U.S. branch of the global Anglican Communion.

Dioceses joining the network are Duncan's jurisdiction in Pittsburgh and those based in Salina, Kan.; Albany, N.Y.; Fresno, Calif.; Charleston, S.C.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Orlando, Fla.; Parrish, Fla.; Dallas; Fort Worth; Peoria, Ill.; Springfield, Ill.; and Albuquerque, N.M.

The purpose of the network is "to tell the truth to America that the Episcopal Church is telling a lie with the things they approved this summer," Duncan said this week.

Bishops, clergy and lay delegates from the dioceses plan a constituting convention Jan. 19-20 in Plano, Texas, to approve an organizational "charter" and a theological platform.

The 15-point draft platform says pro-gay actions by the Episcopal Church and the Vancouver diocese of the Anglican Church of Canada have "torn the fabric" of the worldwide Anglican Communion and violated trust with other branches of Christianity.

Conservative Episcopal leaders have debated various ways to protest the national church's leadership after the consecration of the Rev. V. Gene Robinson as the church's first openly gay bishop.

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