This report about the impending retirement of the Bishop of South Dakota shows up in today's Sioux Falls Argus Leader.
Yours truly was interviewed. Only my nicest comments appear, along with some comments that are kind of like things I said, only sweetened up.
Anyway, here is a comment I posted at the newspaper's site to include what the reporter left out:
The reporter did not include a number of key points from our interview:
1) The main issue dividing the Episcopal Church is the authority of the Bible. The gay and lesbian agenda is just one point in a much larger issue.
2) The diocese, like the national church, has suffered incredible losses in both membership and average Sunday attendance. Remaining members are aging and not bringing new people to Christ.
3) The National Church has made the local bishop's job all but impossible. In fact, the Episcopal Church's New York leaders are spending millions of dollars suing congregations and individuals all around the country - losing many of these cases including expensive appeals. The diocese is not disclosing this to the people here. The national church, despite requests, will not reveal the exact amount being spent or what budget items are being used.