In a statement, Bishop Robert W. Duncan Jr. of the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh, wished Kimel well. "From my discussions with [Rev.] Kimel about this matter, I know that he has agonized over this decision, especially as our Episcopal Church has continued its slide into disorder," the statement read.Economists (and political scientists) talk about the mechanisms of voice and exit as means used by members of an organization to communicate dissatisfaction with the organization. Will the Episcopal Church respond and change when clergy and parishes exit? And, could it be that the dissenters that have stayed behind are pleased to see exit because they believe that voice isn't working?
Kimel, married with four grown children, faces at least a two-year process to be ordained as a Catholic priest.