Joan Gundersen reported on this blog that the date of the Diocese of Pittsburgh's Convention would be moved up to October "so that there would be less time between such a deposition and the convention."
Now Bishop Duncan has published the notice of the change in convention dates, and states the reason for changing the dates: "The date and place of the Annual Convention having been previously set, I am announcing this change under the provisions of Article II, Section 2, of the Constitution of the Diocese. The expressed threat of deposition of the Diocesan Bishop at a September meeting of the House of Bishops is the “sufficient cause.” All of this confirms Joan Gundersen's statement.
Thinking Anglicans has the links to his letter and other materials related to this HERE.
Why the quick move to convention assuming the possibility of deposition? Gundersen's comment, "less time" is the answer.
With a quick move to Diocesan Convention following whatever actions the House of Bishops takes, the backlash from deposition (if that happens) could lead convention, chaired by the Standing Committee chair and helped along by the bishop as "consultant" might carry the day quite handily. If there was more time between deposition and convention cooler heads might prevail. Better to get on quickly.
Politics is a wonderful thing, and the Diocese of Pittsburgh is playing the political game of its life. Deposing the Bishop begins rapidly to suck the authority out of the room, and better to act quickly to find other sources of revival of authority. Quickly gaining recognition by another Province as a bishop in good standing and claiming to be part of another Province brings air back into the room, at least for the moment.
Bishop Venables might be well advised to look carefully before taking in Pittsburgh and its bishops, deposed or not. The political bug is shared in the best of fellowships and the most comfortable of beds. The rash lasts for a long time.