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   Episcopalians Who Oppose Elevation of Gay Bishop Meet to Form National Alliance

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1/18/2004 12:00 am

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Entered 1/18/2004, Updated 1/18/2004

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PLANO, Texas (AP) - Conservative Episcopalians are gathering Monday to establish an unprecedented nationwide organization to unite opponents of last year's consecration of their denomination's first openly gay bishop. Activists say the new Network of Anglican Communion Dioceses and Parishes won't be a breakaway denomination or schism but rather a "church within a church." Nonetheless, it's a potentially serious challenge to Episcopal Church leaders. The two-day meeting to form the network involves bishops, clergy and lay delegates from 12 dioceses representing 235,000 members, a tenth of the nation's Episcopalians. The network's temporary leader, Bishop Robert Duncan of Pittsburgh, says the meeting will give the denomination's traditionalist wing "some sense there is a future."


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