CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - The bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina says the final split with the national Episcopal Church has brought clarity and allows the faithful in the diocese to look to the future.
Bishop Mark Lawrence made the comments this week in a wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press. The diocese left the national church last year in a dispute over doctrine including the ordination of gays.
Lawrence says the diocese in the eastern part of the state can work on starting new churches, strengthening others and working with Anglicans worldwide.
The diocese has gone to court to protect its property and its name. But Lawrence says it won't try to coerce the 20 or so diocesan parishes who want to stay with the national church into leaving.