“This has really become in many ways a convoluted situation by many who misrepresented my views in the first place,” [Mark] Lawrence said. “I said I was willing to abide by the consecration vows of a bishop. They asked me what would I do to keep the Diocese of South Carolina in the Episcopal Church. I said I will work at least as hard to keep the Diocese of South Carolina in the Episcopal Church as my brothers and sisters in the Episcopal Church work to keep the Episcopal Church in the Anglican Communion. There is a mutual accountability we all have.”
The Episcopal Church USA is the American branch of worldwide Anglican Communion and has its roots in the Church of England.
“We’ve got a wonderful man coming in,” [Edward] Salmon said. “This is the only diocese in the Episcopal Church that has outgrown the population. He’s coming in at an exciting time.”