[quote="Conor7, post:9, topic:288773"]
Can you site your sources, please? I would be curious to read more about this because it hasn't been my experience. I think it would be inaccurate to say "people have left the Episcopal Church in droves over gay marriage." Yet, that is not to say that there hasn't been some major controversy and debate, and yes, parishioners have left.
I'm sorry, I should have said "homosexual issues", instead of marriage because ordination of homosexual men and women has been huge.
freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/2770106/posts -- here is the main quote from this source:
The consecration of the openly homosexual Bishop of New Hampshire, V. Gene Robinson, has proven to be the single greatest cause of conflict in The Episcopal Church. That action has resulted in rapidly declining and permanently lost members and financial decline with little hope of recovery. The metaphor most often used in the report was that “we failed to acknowledge the elephant in the room," referring to what many view as the momentous decision by the 74th General Convention (2003) to consent to Robinson’s consecration.
Here's a good example. Notice the obsession with homosexuals in the church -- I should have included in addition to gay marriage, ordination of homosexual men and women in relationships - The parish that quoted this (not going to say which one) left as an entire congregation, about at which point on this timeline we were struggling with ordination issues, that now have moved on to marriage issues. I attended this church in 1997, and asked around at coffee hour why they had left. I asked about 5 people why they were no longer "Episcopalian", and they all gave ordination of homosexuals in relationships as a primary reason.
It's not that I don't think homosexuality is a valid issue to be discussed, just that this timeline mentioned Bishop Spong ordaining a homosexual, but did not mention him denying the Resurrection, for example. I find it odd.
We also have entire congregations joining the Catholic Church, nytimes.com/2012/01/02/us/catholic-church-unveils-order-for-ex-episcopalians.htm?pagewanted=all, and although the article mentions ordination of women as a reason for leaving, it also mentions homosexuality as a key issue, and as the Episcopal Church has been ordaining women since I think the 70's, I'm guessing homosexuality is the bigger push. In any case, departures from major doctrine are not mentioned, like this one
Hope that all makes it clearer -- I tried to give examples without saying where I live, I can't say as much as I want to, but maybe those links will help you understand how I have this perspective.