Episcopal Bishop Lane of Main Blogging about the House of Bishops’ Meeting

Bishop Stephen T. Lane, Diocese of Maine writes at Lambeth Journal:

The House of Bishops spent Thursday in sober and prayerful reflection about report of the Title IV Review Committee that the Bishop of Pittsburgh, the Rt. Rev. Robert Duncan, had abandoned the communion of this church by his efforts to lead his diocese out of the Episcopal Church. A motion calling the House to act as a committee of the whole permitted every bishop who wished to speak about the matter. The bishops addressed a wide variety of concerns including issues of process, timing, evidence, canonical ambiguity, pastoral concern for both bishop and people, relations with the Anglican Communion, justice and mercy. In the end, two-thirds of the bishops felt compelled to vote for Bishop Duncan’s deposition as a matter of our accountability as bishops of the church and to defend the interests of the people of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. The Presiding Bishop may now depose Bishop Duncan.

lambethJournal: Blogging on Friday

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