May 19, 2008.
Today, PEP releases a new 16-page
document, “Realignment Reconsidered.” This important
contribution to the realignment debate within the
Diocese of Pittsburgh provides an alternative view of
realignment from that offered in the diocese’s handout
issued last month, “Frequently Asked Questions About
Diocese of Pittsburgh posted the 8-page “Frequently Asked Questions
About Realignment” on its Parish Toolbox Web site on April 22, 2008.
(The document is available
here.) “FAQ” captures the substance of what Bishop Robert Duncan
has been telling parishes as he makes the rounds of churches trying to
shore up support for removing the Diocese of Pittsburgh from The
Episcopal Church and “realigning” it with another Anglican province,
most likely South America’s Southern Cone.
PEP’s “Realignment Reconsidered” provides a warning to Pittsburgh
Episcopalians that the diocese’s answers are not to be taken at face
value. According to PEP, realignment is both improper and puts parish
property at risk. Not only has The Episcopal Church been vigorous in
pursuit of property that dissidents have tried to remove from the
church, but the Calvary lawsuit stipulation appears to give
Episcopalians staying in the church the upper hand in claiming both
diocesan property and the property of individual parishes.
“Realignment Reconsidered” reproduces the questions and answers from the
diocese, adding answers from PEP that we believe are more objective. PEP
is issuing a press release about the new document, which you can read
here. The document itself, a
PDF file, is available here.
Coincidentally, the Rev. Dr. Harold Lewis, rector of
Calvary Church also addressed “FAQ” in his parish
newsletter. His essay “Realignment: The Unvarnished
Truth” can be read