Magazine article Anglican Journal

New Zealand Diocese Taps Matthews: Three-Part Election Not Yet Complete

Magazine article Anglican Journal

New Zealand Diocese Taps Matthews: Three-Part Election Not Yet Complete

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Canadian bishop Victoria Matthews has reportedly been nominated by an electoral synod to be bishop of the diocese of Christchurch in the Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, Matthews according to church sources and published reports.

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The news was communicated to the Anglican Journal by church sources and also reported in the Guardian newspaper. Bishop Matthews, who served the diocese of Edmonton for 10 years until she stepped down last year, declined to confirm news of her selection until the New Zealand church made an official announcement.

Lloyd Ashton, the media officer for the province, also declined to confirm the report. "What has happened is there has been a leak to a U.K. newspaper and it is quite regrettable that confidentiality has been breached. The election is still in process."

Mr. Ashton said that about 220 members of the Christchurch electoral synod met Feb. 15-17 to select a nominee. Under the process, the name is then forwarded to the house of bishops, which, he added in an interview with the Journal, "is not just a formality, not a rubber stamp." The candidate's name then is sent to the 88 members of General Synod by mail ballot. Approval requires a simple majority at each step. …

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