PITTSBURGH (AP) - Breakaway Episcopalians are preparing to form
a new Anglican Church in North America.
A church constitution, to be unveiled Dec. 3 at Wheaton College near Chicago, would unite some 100,000 disaffected former Episcopalians who now adhere to various conservative Anglican archbishops abroad.
The Anglican alternative to the U.S. Episcopal Church would likely be led by Pittsburgh Bishop Robert Duncan, the leader of one of four dioceses that have seceded because of differences over Biblical authority and interpretation.
The consecration of an openly gay Episcopal bishop in 2003 has
alienated the U.S. branch of the Anglican Communion from its own
conservatives and from Anglicans abroad.
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