Bishop Love resigns over same-sex marriage debate

Emily Burkhard
Created: October 24, 2020 11:36 PM

ALBANY - There was a major announcement from the Episcopal Diocese of Albany on Saturday -- Bishop William “Bill” Love resigned from his position.

This comes just a few weeks after Love was found guilty of breaking national church rules by not allowing same-sex marriages to be performed in the diocese.

"I am very disappointed and strongly disagree with the Decision of the Hearing Panel,” Love said at the 152nd Annual Convention of The Episcopal Diocese of Albany.

Love said the panel that found him guilty on October 5 was supposed to meet again on Monday to determine what disciplinary action would be taken against him.

But during his address, an emotional Love said he did not believe he could agree to any disciplinary action suggested by the panel.

"I have made the very difficult, but necessary decision to resign as Bishop of Albany,” he said.

Love’s resignation is effective February 1, 2021 – the 14th anniversary of his becoming bishop.

He said they reached that agreement on October 21.

Love will take a one-month terminal sabbatical beginning on January 1. He also pointed out that until February 1, his directives will stand.

“My November 10, 2018, Pastoral Directive regarding B012 will lose force,” Love said. “Until then, however, it remains in effect."

Love closed the address with a message about hope and faith.

“The Lord is powerfully present in the Diocese of Albany and will help lead you though the uncertainties of the coming days – if you fix your eyes on Jesus,” he said. “In Him, we find hope, truth, unity, strength, and peace."

The Episcopal Diocese of Albany issued this statement in response to Love’s resignation.

Stay tuned to NewsChannel 13 for updates on this story.

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