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Update: Episcopal Church leaders vote on sanctions for Fresno bishop

Leaders of the Episcopal Church ousted the bishop from the Diocese of San Joaquin Wednesday after he pushed his congregation to secede from the U.S. denomination in a fight over the Bible and homosexuality.

Bishop John-David Schofield is stripped of his role as bishop and barred from performing any religious duties, said Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori.

Last December, the diocese became the first full Episcopal diocese to break from the U.S. wing of the 77 million-member worldwide Anglican family when they voted to secede Dec. 6.

The vote Wednesday is part of an effort by the denomination to regain control of the San Joaquin diocese and hold onto church property despite the split.

Jefferts Schori, the church's first female leader, asked Episcopalian leaders to keep reaching out to Schofield in pastoral care in a statement Wednesday.

Schofield, who refuses to ordain women and gays, has publicly accused her of promoting "heresy."

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