Calvary petitions the court for monitor of Diocese of Pittsburgh

Lionel Deimel:

As the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh heads toward a “realignment” vote on October 4, 2008, when Pittsburgh Bishop Robert Duncan plans to declare the entire diocese removed from The Episcopal Church to become a diocese of the province of the Southern Cone, loyal Episcopalians in Pittsburgh are becoming increasingly anxious about the looming apocalypse. Yesterday, however, they were given some reason to cheer, as Calvary Church attorney Walter P. DeForest rode to court on his white horse to file papers with the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County. Calvary is petitioning the court to appoint a “monitor to inventory and oversee property held or administered by the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh to assure compliance with this court’s order of October 14, 2005,” as well as to request “creation of an additional escrow account(s)” for parishes concerned about the use of their funds by the diocese for the benefit of a church other than The Episcopal Church.

Recall that Calvary sued Bishop Duncan and other leaders of the diocese in October 2003, as resolutions proposed by the bishop and passed by a special convention in September were clearly designed to facilitate the removal of property from the control of The Episcopal Church.

Read Deimel’s post for a full account including links to the filing.

For further background check out this Daily Episcopalian post from December 2006.

Addendum: ENS has a thorough report with background.

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  1. One bishop told me, when I asked his opinion of Bob Duncan, that if it weren’t for his grabbing hold of this issue, Duncan would be just another unimpressive, no-name bishop with no future from a failing diocese. I hate to say this about anyone who once sought to serve in God’s church, and I do not question the motives of most conservatives, but with Duncan I have to wonder if it’s more about the power than it is the Scripture. Perhaps, given the emergence of Jensen, he should rethink just what kind of power he’ll actually wind up with. Maybe the only real power he has is the ability to convince mainstream reporters that our schism is deeper than it really is, and thus distort headlines.

    Nathan Empsall

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