Magazine article Anglican Journal

Senior Bishops Warn off Those 'Dividing' Church

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Senior Bishops Warn off Those 'Dividing' Church

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In an unusual open message about the same-sex blessing issue in New Westminster, the primate, Archbishop Michael Peers, and the four metropolitans, or senior bishops, of the Anglican Church of Canada, criticized Bishop Terrence Buckle of the Yukon and "those ... who wish to divide our church."

However, the letter was termed "terribly one-sided" by Bishop Donald Harvey of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador, who responded, also in an open letter, that he intended to continue to support Bishop Buckle in his actions in New Westminster. It is uncommon for diocesan bishops to publicly rebuke their superiors.

Released in early October, the metropolitans' "message to Canadian Anglicans" noted that "intervention of leaders from other parts of the Anglican Communion ... and the intervention of one Canadian bishop in the life of another diocese, contrary to the order of the church, have not contributed to our common faithfulness." The message was signed by archbishops Peers, David Crawley, Andrew Hutchison, John Clarke and Terence Finlay.

Bishop Buckle's involvement with disaffected parishes in New Westminster "is contrary to the canons of the church" and those who encourage him "have in fact counseled him to disobey the oaths of his episcopal ordination and to disregard the order of the church. …

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