Canadian bishops veto consecration in Caledonia

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The Anglican Church of Canada’s Province of British Columbia and Yukon has blocked the consecration of a priest elected to become the Bishop of Caledonia over his views regarding ecclesiastical oversight and permission when priests from one province of the Anglican Communion serve in another.

ACNS reports:

“The Bishops met several times as a Provincial House of Bishops since the ecclesiastic election in the Diocese of Caledonia, reviewed the materials before them, and met the Revd. Jacob Worley,” said the Most Revd. John Privett, Archbishop and Metropolitan for the Province of BC & Yukon. In coming to this conclusion, the bishops reviewed the Revd Worley’s past actions, what he has written directly to the House, and what he said when meeting with the Provincial House of Bishops.

“After many open and prayerful conversations, the majority of the House concluded that within the past five years the Revd. Worley has held – and continues to hold – views contrary to the Discipline of the Anglican Church of Canada,” said Archbishop Privett. “The view he held and holds is that it is acceptable and permissible for a priest of one church of the Anglican Communion to exercise priestly ministry in the geographical jurisdiction of a second church of the Anglican Communion without the permission of the Ecclesiastical Authority of that second church”.

The question of his views arose from a review of his exercise of priestly ministry when he served in the Anglican Mission in America under license from the Province of Rwanda in the geographical jurisdiction of The Episcopal Church without permission of The Episcopal Church. …

“The Provincial House of Bishops of BC & Yukon ask for your prayers during this extraordinary time,” said Archbishop Privett, “especially for the Worley family, for the Diocese of Caledonia and all those who worship and minister there.”

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7 Responses to "Canadian bishops veto consecration in Caledonia"
  1. "Where orthodoxy is optional, orthodoxy will sooner or later be proscribed."

    Richard John Neuhaus

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    • Is it about orthodoxy? I gathered, not only from this story but also from earlier reports, that serving in another jurisdiction without a permit from its authority was a general interdiction that also applied to liberal priests whose guest service was sought in orthodox jurisdictions. And I gather too that he remains an ordained priest in good standing.

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  2. Of course, this isn't about orthodoxy, because the ACoC has consecrated folks of a more conservative stance, this is about episcopal jurisdiction and ecclesiastical authority.

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  3. Allegedly, he said in comments on the floor of the electoral synod that, should General Synod in 2019 confirm the change to the marriage canon, he would not hesitate to take the diocese out of the ACofC.

    None of the bishops of the Province of BC and the Yukon have authorized same-sex marriages to take place in their dioceses in advance of the 2019 vote, so the provincial house of bishops is not charging ahead to suppress conservatives. Caledonia is a conservative diocese, and it was a given that the bishop-elect would be of that mind. But across the ACofC, the bishops value unity in diversity and collegiality. It is apparent, both from his history and his conversations with the bishops, that Worley would not agree to respectfully dissent, but would have taken a "my way or the highway" approach.

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  4. I agree that this is about orthodoxy, but not as pressing. As I understand it, all candidates were vetted and certified in some manner by the province before the election took place. To invalidate the decision of the diocese at this point is wrong.

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    • Mr Forde said;
      As I understand it, all candidates were vetted and certified in some manner by the province before the election took place.

      Mr Pratt said;
      Allegedly, he said in comments on the floor of the electoral synod that, should General Synod in 2019 confirm the change to the marriage canon, he would not hesitate to take the diocese out of the ACofC.

      If that is the order in which those alleged events occurred, then his words to the electing synod counterveined the previous vetting as far as the college of bishops of that ACoC province is concerned. And the bishops have the final say as to whether they will consecrate him.

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  5. We all make choices, and those choices have consequences. The Rev. Mr. Worley made his, and this is the predictable and entirely appropriate result.

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