Comments: Canadian warnings and departures

Just a small factual correction - Jim Cowan is the Bishop of the Diocese of British Columbia on Vancouver Island. There's no Diocese of Vancouver in Canada.

Posted by Ellen at Friday, 15 February 2008 at 4:43pm GMT

+Michael Bird, Coadjutor Bishop of Niagara, wrote a similar letter, read in all churches on Feb. 10.

Posted by Aaron Orear at Friday, 15 February 2008 at 4:58pm GMT

Thanks Ellen, sorry, error now fixed.

Posted by Simon Sarmiento at Friday, 15 February 2008 at 6:44pm GMT

it's confusing but a little episcopal geography

James Cowan is Bishop of British Columbia, which comprises the parishes of Vancouver Island, the large island off the south coast of British Columbia.

Michael Ingham is Bishop of New Westminster, which comprises the parishes in the southwest corner of the British Columbia mainland. Vancouver is the largest city (and the site of the diocesan cathedral) in British Columbia. The diocese includes New Westminster, which was the original diocesan seat.

Posted by Paul Bunnell at Friday, 15 February 2008 at 6:47pm GMT

This may be a non-starter.

Most provinces have provincial laws (called "Church Temporalty Acts") in place which prohibit the buying, sale or transfer of parish property without the Bishop's permission. The law tends to be much clearer in Canada than in the U.S., which is why most conservatives have just left and started over.

Posted by toujoursdan at Friday, 15 February 2008 at 7:32pm GMT

My best wishes to the bishops of The Great White North ("that cold but happy land" as it was called by Sojourner Truth). This is unfortunate, but at least they have no diocesan bishops who are betraying their ordination oaths by abandoning the church, as is the case in the USA.

Posted by Prior Aelred at Friday, 15 February 2008 at 8:30pm GMT

What I find particularly humorous (in the comments of one of the schismatic parishioners in the Vancouver Sun) that they are holding the property in trust for "Global Anglicanism". Given that the Southern Cone is not attending Lambeth, I think the Anglican Church of Canada is much more compliant with the Solemn Declaration than is Bishop Harvey.

Posted by Jim Pratt at Friday, 15 February 2008 at 9:08pm GMT

Michael Bird was a classmate of mine. Always a very mild-mannered fellow, he likely seemed the least ambitious for a pointy hat. It is therefore rather appropriate that he should be (so far) the only one of us to have gotten one.

Jim Cowan was the priest at the parish down the street from my house as I began my journey to Anglicanism. He was a leading priest of our diocese in the early days of my ministry. Before I knew him, he was, according to some reports, an irreconcilable conservative on the ordination of women. By the time I knew him, he had come around.

I've read their pastoral letters.

Today, I am particularly proud to have known them both.

Posted by Malcolm+ at Friday, 15 February 2008 at 11:28pm GMT

The Diocese of New Westminster was founded in the 1870s by "The Diocese of New Westminster Act" - this is an Act of the Legislature of the Province of British Columbia. All parishes in the Diocese of New Westminster, (whether incorporated or not), are governed by this Act, and the regulations of that act (The Canons of the Diocese).

In those Canons, it clearly states, that property cannot be sold or leased without the express permission of the Bishop and Executive Council of the diocese. As the parishes are trying to "remove" themselves from the jurisdiction of the Bishop - this is tantamount to selling/giving the property to the "Province of the Southern Cone".

This, I cannot see, how they expect to be able to take their property, as there is no way that the Bishop and Executive Council will approve it.

Posted by Charles Nurse at Saturday, 16 February 2008 at 5:51am GMT

Readers of this blog may be interested in the Videos that the Diocese of New Westminster put together to make their case, regarding the parishes that are voting this Vestry season on whether to leave the Anglican Church of Canada.

See for the story and Videos.

Or for the Diocese's YouTube channel.

Posted by Charles Nurse at Saturday, 16 February 2008 at 6:03am GMT
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