Magazine article Anglican Journal

Clergy Renew Vows after Bishop Lays Down Law

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Clergy Renew Vows after Bishop Lays Down Law

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Clergy in the diocese of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador on Jan. 21 declared their loyalty to the Anglican Church of Canada as they renewed their ordination vows and received new licences signed by Bishop Cyrus Pitman.

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About 100 priests attended the mandatory gathering at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in St. John's, Nfld., called by Bishop Pitman after his precedessor, now-retired bishop Donald Harvey, left the Canadian church in protest at more-liberal attitudes toward such issues as homosexuality.

"Today, my friends, is a fresh start," Bishop Pitman said in his sermon. "It's not a power grab as has been suggested by some. Whether someone is of a conservative bent or a liberal bent or some other bent, whatever these labels mean, I will support you ... But let's not make any mistake about it. There are boundaries."

As reported in the February Anglican Journal, Bishop Pitman, in a December letter to his clergy, wrote that he expects priests in his diocese who are involved in the conservative Anglican Network in Canada and "working to the establishment of a parallel jurisdiction to the Anglican Church of Canada" would "do the honourable thing and resign their positions, relinquishing their licences to exercise ordained ministry in this church. …

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