Primate (Michael Peers) Quits International Group after Churches Criticized

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The Primate has resigned as chairman of an international Anglican finance committee. The move is apparently connected with public comments made by the Archbishop of Canterbury about some member churches not pulling their weight financially.

The Canadian church has not paid what the Anglican Communion asked it to in the past couple of years.

Archbishop Michael Peers tendered his resignation as chairman of the inter-Anglican finance committee in a private letter to the Archbishop of Canterbury, whose Christmas message criticized churches he said were not paying their fair share of the communion's costs.

Archbishop Peers has served on the five-person committee for nearly three years. His term would have been up next month.

The finance committee is responsible for the core budget of the Anglican communion. It finances ecumenical dialogue, the Lambeth meeting of bishops every 10 years, primates' meetings every three years and a staff based in London.

Archbishop George Carey, whose Christmas message is usually about places he has visited over the last year, challenged the 36 member churches to pay their share of the costs of maintaining the ACC.

He praised the example of the church in Sudan, India, Pakistan and Rwanda and "those who find it a daily problem to be faithful in places as they breathe the spirit of the early Church. …