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Sunday, 9 November 2008

Doing the splits – again

A third diocese within America’s largely liberal Episcopal Church – part of the Anglican Communion – has decided to break away because it can’t stand poofs.

That’s simplifying it a bit, perhaps, but that’s what it amounts to. Give or take.

This one is Quincy in Illinois, described by the Washington Times as “theologically conservative”. It has broken away from the main Episcopal community “in a long-running dispute over biblical authority, homosexuality and other issues”.

“Two other dioceses – San Joaquin, based in Fresno, Calif., and Pittsburgh – have already split off,” says the Times. Next weekend, the Diocese of Fort Worth, Texas, will vote whether to follow suit.”

Not only is the Episcopal Church at odds with the barmy homophobes in the more conservative corners of the Anglican Communion, but there are, as we reported in August, splits within splits.

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