Introducing…the Anglican Church in North America

From the AP a little while ago:

WHEATON, Ill. (AP) _ Theological conservatives upset by the liberal views of the Episcopal Church are forming a rival denomination.

The new Anglican Church in North America will include four Episcopal dioceses that recently split from the U.S. church, along with breakaway Anglican parishes from Canada.

The announcement Wednesday in Wheaton, Illinois, comes after decades of debate over what Episcopalians should believe about issues ranging from salvation to sexuality. Tensions erupted in 2003 when Episcopalians consecrated the first openly gay bishop.

The world Anglican Communion is a fellowship of churches with roots in the Church of England. The Episcopal Church is the Anglican body in the United States. But the new North American church says it represents true Anglican beliefs.

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The four dioceses that left are Fort Worth, Texas; Pittsburgh, Penn.; Quincy, Ill.; and San Joaquin, Calif.

Bishop Robert Duncan, the former leader of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, will lead the group.

JUST OUT: This statement from the Rev. Charles K. Robertson, Canon to Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori of the Episcopal Church:

We will not predict what will or will not come out of this meeting, but simply continue to be clear that The Episcopal Church, along with the Anglican Church of Canada and the La Iglesia Anglicana de Mexico, comprise the official, recognized presence of the Anglican Communion in North America.And we reiterate what has been true of Anglicanism for centuries: that there is room within The Episcopal Church for people with different views, and we regret that some have felt the need to depart from the diversity of our common life in Christ.

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