Statement on the Deposition of Bishop Robert Duncan of Pittsburgh
On Thursday, September 18, 2008, the eve of the Memorial of St. Theodore of Canterbury, the House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church of the United States of America purportedly deposed the Rt. Rev. Robert Duncan, Bishop of the Diocese of Pittsburgh for "abandonment of the communion of this church."
It is with great disappointment that I learned of the actions of the House of Bishops of The Episcopal Church today. I find it sadly ironic that on the eve of the Memorial of St. Theodore of Canterbury, who brought peace and order to the troubled dioceses of England in the Seventh Century A.D., the hierarchs in a daughter-church of his See would purport to depose such a good and godly man as Bishop Duncan.
I pray that the Holy Spirit would continue to uphold and strengthen the Bishop in his ministry, and I continue to fervently pray that Almighty God would reform and renew The Episcopal Church, purging it of heresy and restoring it to the Church Catholic and the Faith once delivered to the Saints.
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on us, sinners.
St. Theodore, pray for us.
Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.