#primates2016 releases official statement

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Statement from Primates 2016

14 Jan 2016

Today the Primates agreed how they would walk together in the grace and love of Christ. This agreement acknowledges the significant distance that remains but confirms their unanimous commitment to walk together.

The Primates regret that it appears that this document has been leaked in advance of their communiqué tomorrow. In order to avoid speculation the document is being released in full. This agreement demonstrates the commitment of all the Primates to continue the life of the Communion with neither victor nor vanquished.

Questions and further comments will be responded to at a press conference tomorrow at 1500. Full details are available here.

The full text is as follows:

1. We gathered as Anglican Primates to pray and consider how we may preserve our unity in Christ given the ongoing deep differences that exist among us concerning our understanding of marriage.

2. Recent developments in The Episcopal Church with respect to a change in their Canon on marriage represent a fundamental departure from the faith and teaching held by the majority of our Provinces on the doctrine of marriage. Possible developments in other Provinces could further exacerbate this situation.

3. All of us acknowledge that these developments have caused further deep pain throughout our Communion.

4. The traditional doctrine of the church in view of the teaching of Scripture, upholds marriage as between a man and a woman in faithful, lifelong union. The majority of those gathered reaffirm this teaching.

5. In keeping with the consistent position of previous Primates’ meetings such unilateral actions on a matter of doctrine without Catholic unity is considered by many of us as a departure from the mutual accountability and interdependence implied through being in relationship with each other in the Anglican Communion.

6. Such actions further impair our communion and create a deeper mistrust between us. This results in significant distance between us and places huge strains on the functioning of the Instruments of Communion and the ways in which we express our historic and ongoing relationships.

7. It is our unanimous desire to walk together. However given the seriousness of these matters we formally acknowledge this distance by requiring that for a period of three years The Episcopal Church no longer represent us on ecumenical and interfaith bodies, should not be appointed or elected to an internal standing committee and that while participating in the internal bodies of the Anglican Communion, they will not take part in decision making on any issues pertaining to doctrine or polity.

8. We have asked the Archbishop of Canterbury to appoint a Task Group to maintain conversation among ourselves with the intention of restoration of relationship, the rebuilding of mutual trust, healing the legacy of hurt, recognising the extent of our commonality and exploring our deep differences, ensuring they are held between us in the love and grace of Christ.

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Florine Postell
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Florine Postell

I just read the primates statement. Reminds me yet again why I left the Catholic Church to be Episcopalian. Which doesn't make me Anglican. A 3 yr sanction from committees, meetings, decisions, means we have 3 yrs to go out into the world and show support to those oppressed by homophobia in other Anglican communities. Maybe we can't marry same sex couple for a period of time, but we sure can consolidate our mission work toward gays under oppression around the Anglican community. One day, perhaps they too can realize that Jesus preferred the company of sinners to those who kept the laws. I'm still furious about this action.

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Gary Paul Guilbert
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Gary Paul Guilbert

Rod Gillis, It sounds as if Fred Hiltz has failed as a leader. His website has no statement on the meeting. Basically, the Anglican Church of Canada has failed to represent liberals and LGBTs probably because it takes them for granted.

Thank you for the CBC link. Yes, this is an important story because it seems to be part of a backlash of full equality for same-sex couples.

Gary Paul Gilbert

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David Allen
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David Allen

http://www.anglicanjournal.com/articles/censure-of-us-church-will-weigh-on-canada-says-hiltz

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Karl Kuhn
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Karl Kuhn

Been thinking a lot this week about the idea of "winners and losers" in the Anglican Communion. The real winners are those who recognize that they are sinners who have been redeemed by the grace of God through the shed blood of Jesus Christ and the losers are those who continue to try to earn salvation through their self-righteous pandering. To God be the Glory for His mercy and shame on those who think they have earned it by being "right" or "pious" because of their viewpoint/works of so-called justice.

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Cynthia Katsarelis
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Your piety and righteousness is showing here, which is the problem with judging others. You aren't seeing the log in your eyes as you complain about the speck in others.

I refer you to +Michael's statement on how our inclusion is the result of real Jesus Work, as he calls it.

Salvation is God's job, and you aren't qualified to judge.

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Karl Kuhn
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Karl Kuhn

WOW! I don't even know how to respond.

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Ariane Wolfe
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I just read Bishop Marc's statement and think he put it very well, so sharing it here: http://www.bishopmarc.com/ .

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June Butler
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Excellent letter by Bishop Marc Andrus. Thanks Ariane.

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Doug Desper
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Doug Desper

Being sanctioned isn't being removed from the Communion. We must be honest -- really honest right now. We HAVE spoken (as a Province) with a forked tongue. We agreed to self-restraint on making seismic shifts in sexuality issues and broke our word within months of 2007. If that's what we wanted, then fine. In fact, it WAS what TEC's power base wanted. So, let's stop messing about. Let's just get on with breaking from the Anglican Communion. Have the guts to do it. Instead of 85 million members it will now have 83.5 million (absent us). But we cannot continue to have it both ways. To disparage, accuse, defame, and blame the others (in elitist and racist tones), and want the legitimacy that being aligned with the ancient See of Canterbury brings to this Province is hypocrisy. Choose, but stop the "having it both ways" temper tantrums. We're still a part -- but what has been recognized is that we're doing things APART from the previously (and repeatedly) stated positions. Now, live with it -- or get on quitting the Communion. That way, the pews can decide where to go. Have the integrity to accept that we're part of blowing this relationship. Have the integrity to live with our chosen trajectory in the Communion or quit it. But stop the elitist and racist nonsense that paints a horrible picture of who we are.

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David Allen
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David Allen

You will be very hard pressed to find that we have allowed any racist tones to pass moderation. In addition to racist comments we also weed out false accusations. Please tread lightly, avoid the hyperbole and stick to the facts.

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Br. Gregory Shy, CoS
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Br. Gregory Shy, CoS

Or, you could say that we HAVE repented of speaking with a forked tongue. We HAVE repented of agreeing to keep the bathwater of unity while throwing out the baby of compassion/inclusion that was our voice of prevarication in the past, with "going along" for the sake of "getting along." We now do have the courage of our convictions and we have the courage to say that, minority position in the primates club or not, we believe that we have listened to the Word and God and the spirit (see again Presiding Bishop Curry's statement). We have searched the scriptures, studied, prayed and listened again and again and again. (and if I may say so, I don't see that so prevalent amongst conservatives, many of whom simply accept that the way its been in my memory is "now and always to the ages of ages, Amen." Jesus Christ may be the same yesterday, today and forever, but the human community is not. We "do not yet know what we shall become.")

I do not see, as well, that, as a voice of dissent we need to simply "accept and repent" capitulating to the "majority" of this primates club or get out. We need to stay right where we are. To me, it always seems that it is the conservatives who lack the courage of their convictions. How many dramatic "walk outs" have we seen so far? And, I, honestly, hope that the "conservative majority/minority" stops the incessant threats/sanctions and walkouts and also stays along. I have not despaired of our hearing the Spirit together. Have you despaired? Did God lose and give up?

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Cynthia Katsarelis
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The nonsense, Doug, is the presumption that there is an Anglican Communion with a central body creating doctrine and policy for the whole. In reality, it has been an association of independent, autonomous churches. Anglicanism has a big foot on the Protestant side that split from a central authority, Rome. This movement towards centralization is an "innovation" and one that that moves away from the historic position.

I can't find Jesus in all this mean spirited talk about who's in and who's out. The hypocrisy of lifting the gay issue up, while not observing the Biblical teachings on divorce is hard to escape.

The human rights abuses by some of the GAFCON archbishops is another stumbling block that makes the sanction of TEC a total joke.

The "fabric of the communion is torn" by an issue that isn't even addressed in the Bible, but it isn't torn when archbishops of the church, in Christ's Most Holy Name, support and encourage abuses and terror against some of God's Children.

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Prof Christopher Seitz
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Prof Christopher Seitz

Courageous and rational both. Thank you.

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Leslie Marshall
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Leslie Marshall

wise advice.

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