Magazine article Anglican Journal

Judge Rules against Diocese in Dispute with Local Churches

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Judge Rules against Diocese in Dispute with Local Churches

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Hamilton, Ont.

An Ontario Superior Court judge ruled on Feb. 29 that the diocese of Niagara could not send clergy into two area churches for two weeks to hold Sunday services for members of the congregations that remain loyal after most of their fellow parishioners voted to leave the Anglican Church of Canada

It was the first court decision since 10 Canadian Anglican parishes decided, at their regular vestries (annual meetings) in February, to separate. They now identify themselves as part of the Anglican Network in Canada.

"I am disappointed with the decision today, but we have to respect and abide by it. I feel for those faithful members of the parishes," said Bishop Michael Bird. Clergy and lay people who supported separation were cheered by the ruling. "We are so thankful. We want to be able to worship together as a community uninterrupted, (Those loyal to the diocese) are more than welcome to attend any of our services," said Rev. …

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