“If the threat of property disputes is the only thing that holds us together, what sort of mission do we have?” he said. “Jesus gave Peter the keys to the kingdom, not the keys to the building.”
He does not believe the quitclaim deeds will make congregations more inclined to separate from the diocese.
“Frankly, the people already believe they can leave because of the All Saints’, Pawleys Island, decision” by the South Carolina Supreme Court.
Distributing the quitclaim deeds was a liberating decision, the bishop said.