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Oct 12, 2011 12:48
Category: Religious News

South Carolina Diocese of Episcopals gather to pray

     CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Clergy of the Episcopal Diocese of South
Carolina have gathered behind closed doors to pray and discuss
allegations against their conservative bishop as the denomination
continues to wrangle over the ordination of gays and the
recognition of same-sex unions.
     The Rev. Kendall Harmon, canon theologian of the diocese, said
about 100 clergy attended Tuesday's meeting called by Bishop Mark
Lawrence.
     The Episcopal Church's Disciplinary Board for Bishops says
Lawrence is alleged to have abandoned the doctrine, discipline and
worship of the Episcopal Church.
     The state diocese has distanced itself from the denomination
because of the Episcopal Church's policies of ordaining gay bishops
and sanctioning same-sex unions.
     In a message to the faithful on the diocesan website announcing
the meeting, Lawrence told parishioners, "We will do all in our
power to defend gospel truth and catholic order." He also
requested "prayers for God's guidance and wisdom."