Pittsburgh Meeting News
An international panel of Anglican archbishops called upon a gathering of their conservative American counterparts Friday to split from the rest of the U.S. Episcopal Church."Yes, we will stand with you as long as you remain faithful, biblical, evangelical and orthodox," said Bishop Datuk Yong Ping Chung, who represents South East Asia.
The seven archbishops from Africa, the West Indies, and Asia spoke at the Hope and a Future Conference organized by the Anglican Communion Network.The network is headed by Pittsburgh's Episcopal Bishop Robert W. Duncan. He helped form the group in 2003 after the Episcopal Church in the United States consecrated an openly gay priest, Gene Robinson, as bishop of New Hampshire and gave tacit approval to blessing services for same-sex couples.
Nigerian Archbishop Peter Akinola said bishops from Duncan's group and others attending the conference must be clear about their allegiance."Many of you have one leg in ECUSA and one leg in the network. You must let us know exactly where you stand: are you ECUSA or are you network?" Akinola said, prompting a loud standing ovation.
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As an aside, I note that Rome Report has begun an "immature, but fun" campaign to have as many links to the Presiding Heresiarch Frank Griswold's page on ECUSA's website posted to as many blogs as possible. This is my contribution to their "retirement gift" to +Griswold.