Thursday, June 28, 2007

Province 3 President: Pittsburgh Diocese May Not Opt Out

[The Living Church] 28 June 2007--A decision to leave the Province 3 regional ministry jurisdiction of The Episcopal Church cannot be made unilaterally, according to the Rt. Rev. Robert Ihloff, retired Bishop of Maryland and president of Province 3. Bishop Ihloff wrote all ordained clergy canonically resident in the Diocese of Pittsburgh on June 22.

As in the case of the Executive Committee, the constitution and canons of The Episcopal Church do not give the president of a province authority to interpret the constitution and canons. What Bishop Ihloff is doing is expressing his personal opinion.

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