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Fond du Lac Bishop Votes Against Robinson

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Bishop Russell Jacobus will speak with church members when he returns to Fond du Lac Saturday.

Jacobus says the historic vote on the Reverend Gene Robinson's installment could split the Episcopal Church in America.

Jacobus says when he was ordained, he took a vow to guard the faith, unity and discipline of the church.

The landmark 62-45 vote approving Robinson as bishop of the Diocese of New Hampshire was cast Tuesday by church leaders at the Episcopal General Convention in Minneapolis.

Conservatives angered by Robinson's election smeared ashes on their foreheads in a sign of mourning and penance, boycotted legislative sessions and dropped to their knees in prayer on the floor of the House of Deputies.