The Episcopal House of Bishops has voted to remove the leader of its Pittsburgh diocese.
Bishop Robert Duncan is leader of a group that holds to the historic, biblical foundations of the Episcopal Church and has rejected the liberal drift of the denomination. Click here to hear from Bishop Duncan in his own words what he believes about this vote, as seen on CBN Newswatch, Thursday.
The vote, which took place Thursday afternoon in a closed meeting in Salt Lake City, was 88-35 with four abstentions.
The action came as the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh prepares for an Oct. 4 vote to secede from the 2.4 million-member Episcopal Church -- the U.S. branch of the 77 million-member Anglican Communion -- and realign with the more conservative Anglican Province of the Southern Cone in South America.
The result of the vote means that Bishop Duncan cannot act in the name of the Episcopal Church for the diocese of Pittsburgh.
However, Duncan still retains all the sacramental authority of a bishop.
"It's a sad day for the Episcopal Church, certainly a sad day for me personally," Duncan told CBN News.
"We're in the midst of a great reformation of the Christian church, particularly in the western world. And this is all part of that. Those of us that are more than ever committed to the Scripture's teaching and to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. We're paying a price," he said.
Source: CBN News, Pittsburg Post-Gazette