Conservative Bishop to Be Removed?

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 The Episcopal Church's top official says they will vote this week on whether to remove a conservative bishop from the ministry.

"Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori made it clear that there will be a vote to depose me from the ministry of the Episcopal Church," Bishop Robert Duncan wrote in a letter to his Pittsburg diocese about his possible removal.

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The diocese voted last year to align itself with other conservative Anglicans, who believe that the Bible forbids gay relationships.

The church's House of Bishops will vote on the bishop's removal before members of the Pittsburgh diocese will decide whether to break with the Episcopal Church on October 4.

Duncan writes that he would abide by the Church's decision.

"We have long suspected that a principal purpose in the Calvary litigation was to have me removed, by whatever means, before the realignment vote," Duncan wrote.

"Whatever the purported evidence, I continue to maintain that the House of Bishops 'vote' will be a gross violation of the Constitution and Canons of the Episcopal Church," he said.

However, Duncan says he doesn't believe that it can stop the diocese from leaving the church. According to insiders, the majority of the diocese stands with their bishop.

In a memorandum written to the House of Bishops on Sept. 12, Jefferts Schori wrote that Duncan had abandoned the Communion of Episcopal Church and will be deposed.

"In these circumstances, I concur with my Chancellor and the Parliamentarian that any ambiguity in the canon should be resolved in favor of making this important provision work effectively," she said.

Since her promotion to head bishop two years ago, Schori has been criticized by conservative Episcopalians for her liberal theology. In 2003, Schori voted to affirm the openly homosexual Gene Robinson as a bishop.

You can read the entire statement here.

Sources: The Associated Press, VirtueOnline.org

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