PROGRESSIVE EPISCOPALIANS OF PITTSBURGH
6393 Penn Avenue, PMB 207
Pittsburgh, PA 15206-4010
 

Contact:
Kenneth Stiles, Vice President

Progressive Episcopalians of Pittsburgh
Telephone: +1 (412) 362-2112
E-mail: krstiles@acba.org
 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
Pittsburgh Episcopal group disputes diocese’s defense of schism
 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania — May 19, 2008 — “Realignment Reconsidered,” a point-by-point rebuttal to the 8-page handout from the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh, “Frequently Asked Questions About Realignment,” has been published by Progressive Episcopalians of Pittsburgh (PEP). It is available as a PDF file on PEP’s Web site.
 
PEP is a group formed more than five years ago to be a voice for mainstream Episcopalians in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. PEP has consistently opposed measures that have brought the diocese to the brink of schism, or, as it is being marketed, “realignment,” which involves the removal of the diocese from The Episcopal Church and its affiliation, at least in the near term, with some Anglican Province in another part of the world.
 
“Diocesan leaders have been telling parishes that realignment is both proper and innocuous; we believe it is neither,” explained Lionel Deimel, PEP board member and principal author of the new document. “Parishes who trust what they are being told—conveniently packaged by the diocese in “FAQ About Realignment”—risk losing both their parish property and their status within the Anglican Communion.”
 
According to the new document, “It is the position of The Episcopal Church, supported overwhelmingly by diocesan chancellors and legal scholars, that a diocese cannot properly remove its accession clause from its constitution, nor can it remove itself from The Episcopal Church.” PEP cites events in the Diocese of San Joaquin as evidence that The Episcopal Church will act boldly to protect its interests.
 
PEP hopes that “Realignment Reconsidered” will encourage Episcopalians in Pittsburgh to examine the risks and benefits of realignment more critically. “It is ironic,” suggests PEP secretary Alfred Mann, “that people want to break away from a church that is so tolerant of different views, but that toleration seems to be one of the characteristics of The Episcopal Church they most dislike.”

 
 
Contact:
Kenneth Stiles, Vice President

Progressive Episcopalians of Pittsburgh
Telephone: +1 (412) 362-2112
E-mail: krstiles@acba.org
 
 
On the Web:
This document:
http://progressiveepiscopalians.org/html/2008-05-19reconsidered.html
 
“Realignment Reconsidered”
 http://progressiveepiscopalians.org/html/reconsidered.pdf
 
Progressive Episcopalians of Pittsburgh:
http://progressiveepiscopalians.org
 
The Episcopal Church:
http://episcopalchurch.org
 
“Frequently Asked Questions About Realignment”
http://parishtoolbox.org./media/RealignmentFAQ.pdf
 
Diocese of Pittsburgh:
http://www.pghanglican.org
 
 
Progressive Episcopalians of Pittsburgh is an organization of clergy and laypeople committed to the unity and diversity of The Episcopal Church, and of the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh. It is a member of the Via Media USA alliance.
 

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