Breakaway Episcopal diocese elects familiar leader

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Bishop Robert Duncan, ousted as a bishop by
the Episcopal Church last month, has been elected to lead a
breakaway diocese of conservative churches.

Duncan will be the spiritual leader of more than 50 Pittsburgh-area parishes which split from the national church to align with an overseas group of Anglican churches that shares its conservative views on traditional Bible teachings.

Another 20 area parishes chose to remain in the Episcopal Church, the U.S. province of the worldwide Anglican Communion.

Both groups still call themselves the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh, and they will share the city's historic cathedral despite pending litigation over other property.

Two other theologically conservative dioceses have broken away from the liberal Episcopal Church in a dispute over the Bible, gay relationships and other issues.

The Diocese of Fort Worth, Texas, will vote this weekend on whether to follow suit.

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

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