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Dissidents put finances in place.

PITTSBURGH -- The Anglican Communion Network, a conservative splinter group of 10 Episcopal dioceses, has approved a financial plan to fund the network's missions and headquarters. The approximately 900 parishes affiliated with the network are being asked to give 5 percent of their operating budgets. Dioceses are asked to contribute 10 percent of their operating budgets.

The network, which claims 200,000 members, is reported to have raised $4.5 million over the last two years. It was formed in January 2004 by Episcopalians upset by the election of an openly gay man as bishop of New Hampshire and by what they perceive to be the leftward drift of the 2.2 million-member denomination.

The network ultimately hopes to break from the Episcopal church and be named its own Anglican province with its own seminaries, churches and hierarchy, according to church watchers.
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Publication:National Catholic Reporter
Article Type:Brief article
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Date:Aug 25, 2006
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