Magazine article Anglican Journal

Visitor Sees 'Little Room for Dialogue'

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Visitor Sees 'Little Room for Dialogue'

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Mississauga, Ont.

Bishop William Hockin, charged by the house of bishops with attempting reconciliation in the diocese of New Westminster, said that after six months, he has concluded there is "very little room for dialogue" in the conflict. However, he also suggested that the Canadian metropolitans, or senior bishops, might agree to appoint retired bishops with full authority to minister to disaffected parishes across diocesan lines.

At the bishops' spring meeting this year, Bishop Michael Ingham of New Westminster asked Bishop Hockin, newly-retired from the diocese of Fredericton and a theological conservative, to act as "episcopal liaison" to parishes that disagreed with the blessing of same-sex unions. Bishop Hockin's powers included offering pastoral care and presiding at confirmations but did not include jurisdiction power such as the appointment of clergy.

However, Bishop Hockin reported, "24 hours later," a coalition of conservative parishes called the Anglican Communion in New Westminster (ACiNW) "unanimously rejected this ministry."

Speaking at the October meeting of the house of bishops, he said he received e-mails urging him to resign in favour of Bishop Terrence Buckle of the Yukon, who had offered full episcopal authority to the parishes. …

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