California diocese splits from Episcopal Church

Article is here. A few Episcopalians are not happy at the split, and for a curious reason:

“There is a schism, and it’s a sin,” said the Rev. Rick Matters, a co-founder of Remain Episcopal, the caucus favoring unity. “To secede, we are like one of the Southern states that led to the Civil War.”

Is all schism a sin, or just this particular schism? Because if all, it’s time for the San Joaquin Diocese, to say nothing of Canterbury, to start knocking on the Vatican’s door a little more insistently. The ECUSA here seems oblivious that it has been in schism from Rome, either in itself or through its Church of England parentage, for almost 500 years.

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