Oddly, the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh has not published the lists of “released” clergy and, in fact, declined to provide them when asked. This is odd because the lists are hardly secret. In fact, a list of removed deacons, a list of removed priests, and a cover letter from provisional bishop Kenneth L. Price, Jr., was, according to the lists themselves, sent to
- The Presiding Bishop
- The Recorder of Ordinations
- The Secretary of the House of Bishops
- The Secretary of the House of Deputies
- The Church Pension Fund
- The Church Deployment Office
- The Bishops of the Episcopal Church (or the Ecclesiastical Authority of each Diocese of the Episcopal Church in which there is no Diocesan Bishop)
- The Secretary of the Convention of the Diocese of Pittsburgh
- The Clergy of the Diocese of Pittsburgh
- The Vestries of the Diocese of Pittsburgh
- The Chancellor of the Diocese of Pittsburgh
Primarily because I think Pittsburgh Episcopalians deserve to know who is and is not a member of their church’s clergy, I am making available a copy of the material distributed on October 30. Knowledgeable Pittsburgh laypeople will find the list mostly unsurprising, though some names may be unexpected and the absence of others may be equally unexpected.
Bishop Price’s letter is generous and unremarkable. It does contain one piece of information I had been wanting to know: “When asked in a letter in October to notify us of their desire to remain in this diocese, none of those on these enclosed notices did so.” I suspected that this was so. Bishop Price’s letter then continues with this interesting revelation: “After the October letter went out, our Standing Committee received a letter sent on behalf of these clergy stating that if we did not hear from these clergy individually, it would be appropriate for us to adjust our records accordingly.”
You can read Bishop Price’s letter and the list here.
My commentaries on the handling of clergy who left the diocese can be read here and here.