Comments: more news from Pittsburgh

"....the importance of all parishes “hanging together, lest we hang separately” .... the possibility that one or more parishes may be drawn to pursue an independent and alternative course as a result of peculiar local circumstances." Unity cracking as cold feet and reality set in? Both Statement and FAQ lack the triumphalism of some earlier statements.

Posted by Lapinbizarre at Tuesday, 27 April 2010 at 10:30am BST

" Q: Should we exercise caution in out relation-ships with those who have remained in TEC?

A: We should never be cautious in showing love to others. The apostle Paul reminded the Roman Christians to 'Love one another with brotherly affection' and to 'outdo one another in showing honour'. It's good advice that we should follow."

- ACNA Pittsburgh's Q & A Session post-GSE4 -

Isn't it all a bit too late for that. The action of schismatic departure from TEC has rendered this biblical quotation 'out of court' so to speak. The further action of trying, still, upon appeal, to steal the property of generations of TEC members in the Episcopal Church is hardly an example of 'loving one another with a brotherly love', or - 'outdoing one another in showing honour'- towards one's brothers and sisters in the faith.

But now, it would seem that ACNA is advocating a different faith ethic - which allows them to preach but not practise their biblical quotations.
There is another quotation which might better suit ACNA's dilemma: "Judge not, that ye be not judged"

The patent attitude of separating out from one's brothers and sisters on the basis of their sexual or gender differences can hardly be considered to be particularly 'Christian'. I find it difficult to believe that 'Archbishop' Robert Duncan can really be serious in his statement here.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Tuesday, 27 April 2010 at 12:14pm BST

The self-appointed "archbishop" Duncan has proven time after time that he can't be trusted. He is trying in vain to steal property which clearly does not belong to him. His arrogance and backward thinking are going to advance the imploding organization he claims as "authentic" representative of the "true" Anglican theology in North America. He is looking mighty silly but he is also sounding more and more unstable. He will take those Christians who fall on his every word down the tube with him. They are most likely much smaller in numbers than he is actually claiming. His claims are suspect and have been all along. He is actually most dangerous to himself. It is almost impossible to take anything he says seriously. Pathetic.

Posted by Chris Smith at Tuesday, 27 April 2010 at 10:46pm BST

Okay, I couldn't stop laughing when I saw a reference to the "Anglicans" gathering in Monroeville, which is home to the Monroeville Mall, famous for the Monroeville Mall, "gathering" spot for Romero's flesh-eating zombies in *Dawn of the Dead*.

Posted by MarkBrunson at Wednesday, 28 April 2010 at 6:11am BST

"Frank Gilstrap, of the Arlington, Texas, law firm Hill Gilstrap, countered that the court must defer to the decisions of TEC, which, he said, has sole authority to name the diocesan bishop and the trustees of the Corporation. "All the court can do is accept the church's decision," Gilstrap told the justices.

"A ruling will be issued at a later time. By the court's order, all proceedings in the case remain stayed." - A.S.Hurley, c/o virtue-on-line -

I suppose Duncan and Co. will be quaking in their
gaiters at this turn of events - in their appeal against TEC for retention of the property. Let's hope that the Virginia Appeal Court will put an end to his little adventure. However, the outcome of this particular case in Virginia could have a profound effect on future schismatic activity in The Episcopal Church. In the climate of State governmental regulation in the U.S., anything could happen.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Wednesday, 28 April 2010 at 11:20pm BST

TEC and Dio Pittsburgh were evil for taking Duncan et al. to court. We know this because Duncan said so. He said so loud and clear at Dar-es-Salaam. He quoted text and verse. Now Duncan is taking TEC/ Dio Pittsburgh to court. Obviously he is reading scripture with a new hermeneutic...One that makes more sense in his new context, the party not in possession of the assets. Will he be sharing that with the next primates meeting?

Posted by EmilyH at Thursday, 29 April 2010 at 12:32pm BST

Fat chance in Virginia, where the Governor is a homophobic graduate of Pat Robertson's "University" and appoints similar people to the bench who adjudicate these matters.

Posted by Adam Armstrong at Thursday, 29 April 2010 at 12:56pm BST
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