#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these matters we formally acknowledge this distance by requiring that for a period of three years The Episcopal Church no longer represent us on ecumenical and interfaith bodies, should not be appointed or elected to an internal standing committee and that while participating in the internal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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Wendy Owens
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Wendy Owens

So because we act in love toward LGBT individuals, we get smacked, but the primates who condone violence (even murder!) of LGBT individuals don't? I haz a confused.

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Prof Christopher Seitz
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Prof Christopher Seitz

+Hiltz is seeking space vis-à-vis TEC.

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Prof Christopher Seitz
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Prof Christopher Seitz

"Leaders of the GAFCON movement, at the start of the meeting, sought to group the Anglican Church of Canada with the Episcopal Church, but Canadian Archbishop Fred Hiltz told the gathering his church had yet to adopt provincial-wide rites for same-sex marriage. It would come before the next meeting of General Synod, he explained, but had not been settled. Archbishop Hiltz’s explanation appears to have satisfied the group as a whole as the motion proposed and its accompanying debate focused on the Episcopal Church."

This could of course be false, but then it wouldn't explain why only TEC was the focus.

God bless.

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Rod Gillis
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Rod Gillis

"Canadian Archbishop Fred Hiltz told the gathering his church had yet to adopt provincial-wide rites for same-sex marriage. It would come before the next meeting of General Synod, he explained, but had not been settled. "

This part of the post is a fact. Archbishop Hiltz has a right and a duty to present the state of the question in the Canadian church factually. Speculation on what rhetorical use was made of this fact at the meeting is just that, speculation.

http://www.anglicanjournal.com/articles/cogs-drafts-resolution-to-change-the-marriage-canon

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Rev Dr Ellen M Barrett
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Rev Dr Ellen M Barrett

Is TEC now only allowed to 'walk together' in this grace and love with a gun pointed at our backs?

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James Byron
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James Byron

TEC sanctioned for marrying same-sex couples; not a word about the primates who support the criminalization of homosexuality, and who regularly vomit up the most repugnant hate speech against LGBT people.

Hopefully this will radicalize progressives in other provinces, and get the latter-day white moderates off the fence. If England's General Synod in particular doesn't condemn it when it next meets, it owns it, and is complicit in this injustice.

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Jeremy Bates
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Jeremy Bates

Is the Anglican Communion now an Instrument of Oppression?

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Patrick Watters
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My kids are zoo keepers, so "primates" to me are monkeys and apes, just saying. };-) anonemoose monk

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Zechariah
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Zechariah

So African primates are "apes"? Really?

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Jeremy Bates
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Jeremy Bates

Perhaps I should ask the question again:

Is the Anglican Communion now an Instrument of Oppression?

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