Episcopal monies are down as a result of the Gene Robinson incident:
Bishop Henry N. Parsley said Friday the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama expects a $260,000 shortfall in its 2004 budget as churches reduce contributions because of dissatisfaction with the denomination's approving its first openly gay bishop.
Numerous churches have cut funding because they opposed V. Gene Robinson's being approved as bishop of New Hampshire. During debates over his approval last summer, Robinson openly discussed his homosexual partner and spoke out for the blessing of same-sex unions in the church.
"It has put us in an uncomfortable place of tension and disagreement," said Parsley, head of the Alabama diocese.
No tears here.