[Observer-Reporter] 17 Oct 2008--Questions remain following a split in the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh in which the majority of the 74 Episcopal congregations voted Oct. 4 to realign the diocese.
Whether that vote, which was termed "canonically inappropriate" by the presiding bishop, is allowed to stand remains to be seen.
Peter Frank, a spokesman for the Pittsburgh diocese, said the vote was done according to the denomination's constitution, and the diocese hope to mediate with the national Episcopal Church to resolve differences - such as property issues - related to the realignment.
"The diocese wants an opportunity to have a graceful separation. That will be difficult if the other party chooses to sue us," he said.