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Diocese calls itself 'sovereign'

The Diocese of South Carolina declared itself "sovereign" within the Episcopal Church.

Last fall Bishop Mark Lawrence and the diocese said they would begin to partially withdraw from the Episcopal Church because of its growing liberalism, particularly its acceptance of homosexuality.

Lawrence in March told the diocese he and Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori "stand looking at one another across a wide, deep and seemingly unbridgeable theological and canonical chasm."

The two will continue to talk, however, "even if it requires phone conversations from vastly different area codes," he said.


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