Magazine article Anglican Journal

Missioners to West Indies Must Abide by Traditional Teachings

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Missioners to West Indies Must Abide by Traditional Teachings

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Canadian and American missioners wanting to work for the Anglican Church in the Province of the West Indies will be restricted to those willing to "accept" the church's standard of teaching and practice on homosexuality, which bans the blessing of same-sex unions but condemns "irrational fear of homosexuals."

All Anglican bishops of the West Indies have been asked to enforce the new ruling, which was contained in a statement.

Canon Philip Wadham, Latin America/ Caribbean co-ordinator for the Anglican Church of Canada's partnerships department, said the statement merely advises missioners that they are to abide by the hales and regulations of the diocese while they are working there.

"It's just meant to clarify where they stand as a province to prevent any confusion so that any missioner going there will be aware of the standard teaching and practice and will be required to accept that," said Mr. Wadham. "That's the situation that exists here, too. A priest is under the direction of the bishop and abides by the regulations of the diocese. …

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