Magazine article Anglican Journal

Canadian Church Is 'Frustrated': Not Given Opportunity to Be Heard

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Canadian Church Is 'Frustrated': Not Given Opportunity to Be Heard

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Canterbury, England

Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, has expressed "frustration" that the Canadian church has not been given an opportunity to present its Situation with regards to the blessing of same-sex unions during hearings conducted by a body formed to determine the next course of action for the Anglican Communion to salvage its fractured unity. Archbishop Hiltz, who attended the once-a-decade conference of the world's Anglican bishops here, said that it would be "a huge challenge" to merge what has been happening in bishops' discussion groups, called indaba, with what the Windsor Continuation Group (WCG) has been recommending as the way forward for the Communion.

"I think what we're running into is a kind of difficult rubbing between the indaba process which has been in large measure very conversational, very relational" and the work of the WCG, which is "seeking to find structures and procedures whereby we can remain in communion with one another," said Archbishop Hiltz.

In an interview, Archbishop Hiltz said, "The frustration that I have and I think other Canadians have is that I asked point blank in the second session around the Windsor Continuation Group for Canada to be heard in this conference." He added, "My understanding of a hearing is obviously different from their understanding of a hearing. My understanding is if you're going to have a hearing, you sit and listen and you allow a church, a province to tell its story. What I said in the hearing was, will you please accord to the province of Canada the same courtesy that was extended to them at the Anglican Consultative Council meeting in Nottingham?"

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Archbishop Hiltz said he found it "very frustrating" that he had made the request at a hearing of the WCG, which had been formed by the Archbishop of Canterbury to follow through on recommendations of the Windsor Report, but that "nobody makes a response to it." He said this was "quite unfair to the Canadian church."

The WCG on July 28 presented bishops with proposals to create a pastoral forum that would provide a "safe space" for conservative Anglicans who have left their churches, a "future" and "retrospective" moratorium on same-sex blessings, and a moratorium on the ordination of openly gay homosexuals and cross-border interventions by provinces. …

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