There’s a report posted on the website of “PEP” regarding the diocesan convention in Pittsburgh today:
The majority [of delegates to the Diocese of Pittsburgh’s Annual Convention] turned aside all efforts to accommodate parishes that support The Episcopal Church. One of these would have allowed parishes that have declined to be part of the [Anglican Communion Network] to avoid supporting it through the diocese, a principle seemingly granted in a signed legal settlement between the diocese and parishes committed to remaining in The Episcopal Church. In another move, the convention defeated an amendment that would have created a separate district in the diocese for parishes wanting to maintain a connection to Province III.
Apparently what’s sauce for the goose isn’t sauce for the gander. The voting majority of the Diocese of Pittsburgh is asking that the Episcopal Church respect their beliefs by allowing it to associate with like-minded dioceses and to disassociate from people with whom it disagrees. But then the Diocesan Convention refuses to allow the people within its borders to do the same.
I’d be curious if anyone who knows can explain to me why the Convention decided to do this. Was it simply because they could (since the Network folks have an over-riding numerical majority within the Diocese)? If so, how is this in any way different than what the Diocese is objecting to with respect to its treatment by The Episcopal Church?