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Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh says national church exceeded authority by confi

By Allison Schlesinger

The Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh accused the national church Saturday of exceeding its authority and violating its own constitution by confirming its first openly gay bishop and approving the blessing of same-sex unions.

“These acts are to be held null and void, and of no effect, in the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh,” read a resolution overwhelmingly approved by delegates in the western Pennsylvania diocese. The vote tally was not immediately released.

Two other dioceses, in Florida and Texas, also held meetings Saturday as part of a national drive among conservative dioceses and clergy seeking to distance themselves from the Episcopal Church for its decisions last month on the gay bishop and same-sex unions.

Members of the Episcopal Diocese of Florida, meeting in Jacksonville, discussed plans for a formal vote Nov. 15 on whether to support the national convention. Most oppose the two decisions but want to work within the church to resolve the differences, the Rev. Mark Eldredge said.

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