Magazine article Anglican Journal

Bishops Say Church Needs to Address Issue of Unpaid Priests: Nearly Half of Clergy from Council of the North Dioceses Are Non-Stipendiary

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Bishops Say Church Needs to Address Issue of Unpaid Priests: Nearly Half of Clergy from Council of the North Dioceses Are Non-Stipendiary

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Port Elgin, Ont.

The whole church will need to address the issue of non-stipendiary (unpaid) priests, according to Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, and bishops from the Council of the North.

"It's clear to me that this is a matter of justice," Archbishop Hiltz told more than 200 First Nations, Metis and Inuit delegates to the 6th Indigenous Sacred Circle gathered here last Aug. 9 to 15. He was responding to concerns raised repeatedly at the gathering about the non-payment of clergy, many of whom are aboriginal.

"We consider that the issue of non-stipendiary ministry is an issue for the whole church," said a message by nine bishops of the Council of the North present at the gathering. "There is a determination that this will be addressed with a number of stakeholders, with a view to gathering the necessary resources to address the need to compensate adequately those who are under pressure to provide ordained ministry beyond what is just and reasonable for those who otherwise receive no compensation." (Council of the North is composed of 11 dioceses in Canada's North that are supported by the rest of the church. …

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