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Church Takes Stand Over Gay Bishop's Ordination

By Carrie Harned

(ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky.) -- It's been 2 years since the Episcopal Church ordained a gay bishop. But, only now is an Elizabethtown church taking a stand. WAVE 3's Carrie Harned investigates.

In this central Kentucky town where aged storefronts boast of the good 'ole days, one local church has found itself at the intersection of acceptance and reverence.

"I think the problem really is the Episcopal Church has not upheld the authority of scripture we have lost our moral compass," said Father Kent Litchfield of Holy Apostles Church.

That so-called indirection put Father Litchfield on a straight path -- to preach what he says are the bible's teachings..

Upset over the ordination of Gene Robinson as bishop in 2003 -- an openly gay man with a live in partner -- Litchfield and roughly 100 of his Christ Church parishioners plan to form their own church. It will be separate from the Episcopal denomination but still under the Anglican communion.

Members of the new Holy Apostles Church will leave behind a church that dates back to the 1850's in Elizabethtown. They will worship at the State Theater. In doing so they say they're returning to the roots of their religion.

"They're currently progressing along the line of if you like it do it and lets make it morally legal," says Jim Higdon, Holy Apostles member.

Rev. Jay Magnes with the Episcopal Diocese of Kentucky says separation is not the answer. While the issue of homosexuality in the church remains in limbo, Magnes warns interpretation of God's every word may be tricky. But his message should be clear.

"God wants is to be steadfast in our commitment to one another to be loving and caring to one another to be honest enough with one another to hear one another out without casting condemnation upon the other," said Rev. Magnes.

That's a practice Father Litchfield says he'll spread at his new church.

We do not approve of the actions. Sin is sin. Love the sinner hate the sin," said Father Litchfield.

Meanwhile, the Episcopal Diocese will provide a pastor for the 200 parishioners who remain at Christ Church.

The newly formed Holy Apostles Church is not alone. Three other churches in Kentucky have either split or started a new church.

Online Reporter: Carrie Harned

Online Producer: Charles Gaza way