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Episcopal bishops to vote on ousting conservative bishop

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church
says the denomination's House of Bishops will vote this week on
whether to remove Bishop Robert Duncan of Pittsburgh from ministry.

The step comes as the Diocese of Pittsburgh nears an October 4th
vote on whether to secede from the Episcopal Church.

A pastoral letter from Duncan indicated that he would abide by
the Thursday vote of the House of Bishops, but that he doesn't
believe it can stop the diocesan effort to secede.

The Pittsburgh diocese voted in November to realign with other
conservative Anglicans who believe that the Bible forbids gay
relationships.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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