Comments: House of Bishops votes on Bishop Duncan

I love the CANA headline: "TEC’s Unilateral Removal of Bishop Duncan"...trying to make the move seem particularly arbitrary. Well, how could it be anything except "unilateral"? Did anyone think Duncan would seek his own deposition?

BTW, this now puts the two largest dioceses in PA--Pennsylvania (Philadelphia and surrounding counties) and Pittsburgh--without episcopal oversight.

Posted by Pat O'Neill at Friday, 19 September 2008 at 11:24am BST

How ironic that CANA wrote to assure Duncan that he is still a bishop in the Anglican Communion, since the bishops of CANA, like the bishops of the AMiA, are not part of the Anglican Communion.

Posted by jnwall at Friday, 19 September 2008 at 2:46pm BST

What took them so long?

Posted by counterlight at Friday, 19 September 2008 at 3:48pm BST

Ah well! "Promises is promises" - and I guess Duncan just didn't keep his - to TEC (& God?).

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Tuesday, 23 September 2008 at 5:31am BST

"On this day when Bishop Duncan was allegedly deposed by the House of Bishops of The Episcopal Church, Bishop John-David Schofield joined in welcoming Bishop Duncan as a Brother into full membership of the House of Bishops of the Southern Cone. Bishop Duncan's own continuing status as a bishop in The Anglican Communion has been secured by the Province of the Southern Cone." - Stand Firm web-site notice -

One now wonders what will be the attitude of the Primates Meeting and the next gathering of the ACC towards this high-handed and certainly unorthodox move by the Southern Cone Primate to foster schismatic activity of the dissidents, like Messrs. Duncan and Schofield - not to mention the Primate of the Southern Cone.

Surely the flagrant ambition of Gregory Venables in hosting the rebels will not be countenanced on this issue - especially when there will be rival claimants to the oxymoronic 'orthodox' leadership of both Canadian and US dissidents, who might prefer the oversight of their African co-asserters? Alas for the concept of catholic unity which ought to have been able to contain the diversity that has seemed to so threaten the departing lemmings.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Wednesday, 24 September 2008 at 1:18pm BST
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