Some Canadian bishops threaten to leave if marriage equality passes General Synod

by

The Anglican Journal reporting on the meeting of the Council of the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada in an article entitled “Bishops explain same-sex marriage statement to CoGS“:

Bishop John Chapman, of the diocese of Ottawa, expressed frustration over what he said was an attempt on the part of some bishops to “blackmail” other bishops into choosing between the unity of the church and the dictates of their consciences.    “A couple [of bishops] made it pretty clear that if this motion were to pass, they would seriously question their membership in the Anglican Church of Canada,” said Chapman, who told CoGS he was voting in favour of the resolution. “I didn’t hear anybody say, ‘If this doesn’t pass, our membership is questionable.’”

From the same article:

…a week before its meeting, CoGS was informed by the House of Bishops it is  “not likely” that the motion to allow same-sex marriage will pass with the required two-thirds majority in the Order of Bishops.

Speaking before CoGS members, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada and chair of CoGS, acknowledged that reactions to the bishops’ statement have ranged from “gracious to vitriolic.”

At the January primates gathering Hiltz convinced the primates not to consequent his province the same way they consequented The Episcopal Church. He argued Anglican Church of Canada was only considering marriage equality whereas The Episcopal Church had adopted it.

Dislike (0)
Facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestlinkedinmail
Facebooktwitterrss
Joseph Glarner
Guest
Joseph Glarner

I pray they make the right decision. God's love is for everyone. We lost churches in the states over this, hopefully Canadian Anglicans will figure this out. I know some of them may not understand, so I hope they look deep. Even though they shouldn't have too.

Like (0)
Dislike (0)
Paul Woodrum
Guest

Regressives are all the same. If they don't get their way, their first reaction is to take their marbles and go home.

Like (0)
Dislike (0)
William Bockstael
Guest
William Bockstael

Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?

Canadian Anglican bishops: We won't, we don't believe in that stuff

Like (0)
Dislike (0)
Chris Harwood
Guest
Chris Harwood

I don't think that's how the BCP has it in Canada. Isn't that one of the 1979 changes? Not every church in Anglicanism has rewritten the BCP as much/in the same way as TEC.

Like (0)
Dislike (0)
William Bockstael
Guest
William Bockstael

Actually, the text is the same

http://www.anglican.ca/faith/ministry/baptised/

Like (0)
Dislike (0)
Jim Pratt
Guest
Jim Pratt

The Canadian church has gone further, and added one more promise to the Baptismal Covenant:
Will you strive to safeguard the integrity of God's creation, and respect, sustain and renew the life of the Earth?
(added by GS 2013)
While the 1962 BCP is still the "official" book, about 90% of parishes use the Book of Alternative Services (which draws heavily from the 1979 American BCP) as their principal book.
And I did have one colleague in my previous diocese who refused to use the BAS baptismal service precisely because of the the phrase "respect the dignity of every human being" (he was an Englishman and an evangelical)

Like (0)
Dislike (0)
Chris Harwood
Guest
Chris Harwood

That depends if "respect" equals "let them do whatever they want". Can one disagree with respect? If not, the lawyers for a couple of polygamists in this state are laying the groundwork to force legalization of their "marriage" as well. You can't even argue that that's not Biblical.

Like (0)
Dislike (0)
Valleri
Guest
Valleri

[Welcome first time commenter. Please note, for future comments, our policy requiring first and last names. - ed.]

Thanks be to God for those who know that all God's people, gay, straight, bi-sexual, or transsexual are part of God's family. They have waited far too long. I'm so happy to see that this is finally coming to a vote for our brothers and sisters in Canada.

Like (0)
Dislike (0)
Dr. William A. Flint, MDiv, PhD
Guest
Dr. William A. Flint, MDiv, PhD

" expressed frustration over what he said was an attempt on the part of some bishops to “blackmail” other bishops into choosing between the unity of the church and the dictates of their consciences"

Choose this day whom you shall serve. The Gospel of God is open and loving toward all God's children. For the Canadian Church to deny equality to all its baptized members would be a betrayal of the very principles on which the Church is built.

How long will people have to wait to be free. TEC took a bold step forward and did what they knew was right. Now we will see if Canada will follow.

Remember marriage equality was established in Canada long before it came to the USA.

Like (0)
Dislike (0)
wpDiscuz