The partnership [of dissident Episcopalians angered about TEC's position on gay and lesbian people] claims to represent 1,000 congregations with an average Sunday attendance of 100,000.
"It makes me very sad and it is so unnecessary," Robinson said. "No one wanted them to leave ... But you can't keep people from leaving."
He noted, for instance, "This coalition of breakaway groups totally disagree on the ordination of women, but they have agreed to set that aside."
(Two breakaway dioceses, Fort Worth and San Joaquin, have refused to accept women as priests.)
Why, asked Robinson, could the church at large not "set aside" its disagreements on homosexuality and stay in communion?