HERE'S A BULLET POINT REVIEW:
By more than a two-to-one vote, members of the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh voted Friday in favor of separating from the national church because of a theological rift that began with the consecration of an openly gay bishop in 2003.
The vote sets the stage for what could become a protracted legal battle between the diocese and the Episcopal Church U.S.A., which had warned Pittsburgh’s bishop not to go forward with the vote.
After passionate appeals from both sides of the debate, clergy members and lay people voted 227 to 82 to “realign” the conservative diocese.
If Friday’s vote is approved again in a year, the diocese will begin steps to remove itself from the American church and join with another province in the worldwide Anglican Communion.
After the vote, Bishop Robert W. Duncan of Pittsburgh, who is also moderator of the Anglican Communion Network, an alliance of conservative dioceses and parishes, defended the decision.
“What we’re trying to do is state clearly in the United States for the authority of Scripture,” Bishop Duncan said after the vote, taken during the diocese’s annual convention in this city about 50 miles east of Pittsburgh.
The vote was necessary, he said, because the more liberal bishops now in the majority in the national church “have hijacked my church, and that’s how most of the people here feel.”
- THE POSTMODERN LEFT WANTS TO DEMOLISH TRADITIONAL CULTURE IN ORDER TO REPLACE IT WITH A MORALLY RELATIVIST AND SOCIALIST NANNY-STATE.
- THEY'RE UNABASHEDLY ATTACKING THE MOST BASIC TENETS WITHIN OUR RELIGIONS - THE SCRIPTURES THEMSELVES. (THOUGH THEY WOULD NEVER EVER DREAM OF CRITIQUING THE KORAN! THIS HYPOCRISY IS NOTY UNLIKE THEIR DEFENSE OF ABORTION AND ATTACK ON THE DEATH PENEALTY: IT'S UPSIDE DOWN!)
- TO ATTACK OUR ANCIENT AND TIME-TESTED TRADITIONS, THEY CITE FOR THEIR MORAL AUTHORITY THE RECENT EDITORIAL PAGES OF THE NYTIMES AND THE WRITINGS OF DECONSTRUCTIONISTS AND MARXISTS BORN AND DISCREDITED IN THE LAST CENTURY.
- WHEN THEY ATTACK OUR CHURCHES, SYNAGOGUES AND TRADITIONAL FAMILY STRUCTURES - AND BASIC PARENTAL AUTHORITY - THEIR POLITICAL AGENDA, THEIR MOTTO MIGHT AS WELL BE "DIVIDE AND CONQUER." THEY INFILTRATE AND THEN AGITATE FOR CHANGES TO THE VERY FOUNDATIONS OF OUR INSTITUTIONS. AND THEY'RE DOING IT IN SYNAGOGUES, TOO!
THEY MUST BE STOPPED. EVEN IF IT MEANS SCHISMS.