Huron Diocese Rejects Lobbying Campaign: Material `Unclear', (Archbishop Percy) O'Driscoll Argues

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The Diocese of Huron has rejected General Synod's request that it ask parishioners to write letters to the Prime Minister and members of Parliament asking for a resolution to the residential schools crisis.

In a letter dated Sept. 19 and sent to clergy in the diocese, Archbishop Percy O'Driscoll wrote: "The General Secretary, Jim Boyles, has developed a packet of materials to be used in a letter writing campaign to the Federal Government, for the purpose of having the Government assume greater responsibility for the lawsuits arising from residential schools."

The letter said the diocese asked Archdeacon Boyles not to send the materials, which include form letters to the Prime Minister and members of Parliament, to the clergy of Huron and Archdeacon Boyles agreed to the request.

Archbishop O'Driscoll's letter said the diocese has three reasons for not wanting to participate in the lobbying campaign:

The first is that the material is not clear on the distinctions between General Synod and the dioceses, referring in the materials to "the church." Legally and practically, there are important distinctions, although "theologically we are together as the church," Archbishop O'Driscoll said. …