An earlier item reported a major interview with Robert Duncan in the Living Church. A further segment of this interview appeared later in the magazine, and is reproduced below the fold.
from The Living Church 22 May 2005
Bishop Duncan Expects Vindication for Network
Representatives of the Anglican Communion Network (ACN) gathered for their second annual council meeting April 18-20 in Bedford, Texas. In addition to delivering and hearing reports, participants addressed issues related to its stated missionary focus, including church planting, global mission, ministry to youth, and outreach to the poor.
At the conclusion of the meeting, the Rt. Rev. Robert W. Duncan, Bishop of Pittsburgh and moderator of the network, explained to Suzanne Gill in an interview for THE LIVING CHURCH that even though its position was in the minority at the 2003 General Convention, the group considers itself the legitimate Episcopal Church and that by forcing a decisive vote on the Communion at the 2006 General Convention it will be vindicated no matter which way the majority of bishops and deputies vote.
“What will be wonderful about that is that we don’t actually have to have a resolution,” he said. He also predicted that at least one diocese will seek consents to the election of a partnered homosexual person as bishop. “All we’ll have to do is have a vote of confirmation, which will confirm that this Church is technically, I’d say, hell-bent on this innovation, for all the world to see. At the last convention, it wasn’t any resolution we passed, it was the confirmation of a bishop. This Church just can’t hold back on this.”
Bishop Duncan said that when Episcopalians realize that a General Convention decision has impaired membership in the Anglican Communion, the number of network supporters would grow to the point where some sort of negotiated solution to property allocation could be arranged. If that does not happen, he said, the network would be prepared.
“If they determine to move out, well, then they’ve determined to move out,” he said. “We’re the Anglicans here. We’ll also stand in a way that says, ‘We’re the Episcopal Church where we are.’ You know, there’ll be infinite court battles, but it’ll be very interesting, since the Communion will have said the Episcopal Church walked apart, and the Episcopal Church’s constitution says that you’ve got to be constituent members, and we’re the only ones they recognize as constituent members, so who’s the Episcopal Church, legally? It’ll be a very interesting time. I mean, we don’t want to go to court, but it’s quite clear the Episcopal Church is always ready to go to court, and this time I think they might not be so willing to go to court, because we think there’s every reason they’ll lose.”