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Archbishop Hiltz writes to all Primates

Anglican Journal reports:

Archbishop Hiltz clarifies Canadian situation for fellow primates by Solange De Santis and Marites N Sison

Saying that he hoped to “dispel rumour or misunderstanding,” Archbishop Fred Hiltz, the primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, has written to his fellow leaders of the worldwide Anglican Communion explaining the developments around the blessing of same-sex unions, which has embroiled Canadian Anglicans in conflict.

In his four-page letter, which was sent to the other 34 Anglican primates and four moderators of the Anglican Communion’s United Churches on Jan. 9, Archbishop Hiltz, who is the national archbishop, underscored that the Anglican Church of Canada has not yet agreed upon a definitive position on the issue. “It is important to note that the Anglican Church of Canada has not altered its doctrine of marriage as outlined in our prayer books and canons (church laws).”

However, he put the situation in context: Canadian Anglicans, he noted, “do live in a country where the federal government in 2005 approved legislation that allows the marriage of same-gender couples.”

Archbishop Hiltz also reaffirmed the Canadian church’s “commitment to full membership and participation in the life, witness and structures of the Anglican Communion.” He also called on Anglican leaders to respect each other’s boundaries and desist from intervening in the affairs of provinces other than their own…

The full text of his letter can be found here.

At the foot of the letter, there are hyperlinks to all the key Canadian statements.

  • Shared Episcopal Ministry – Addendum to the Primate’s Task Force report on Alternative Episcopal Oversight – Nov. 3, 2004
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Fr Mark
Fr Mark
13 years ago

What a sane letter from Archbishop Hiltz; calm, measured, and yet pointing out that there is a grass-roots level pastoral need that underlies this whole debate!
Can the Church of England please start to be similiarly pastoral and realistic?

Weiwen
13 years ago

Perhaps Anglican opponents of a repeal of the blasphemy laws should consider exactly how much risk the church faces from religious hatred. it seems a stretch to suggest the CoE needs such protection as the blasphemy laws.

Erika Baker
Erika Baker
13 years ago

“it seems a stretch to suggest the CoE needs such protection as the blasphemy laws”

Isn’t the idea that God needs protection through blasphemy laws?

In any case, about time they went!

Pluralist
13 years ago

With invitations going out from Robert Duncan to Common Cause people to stomp around Jerusalem with GAFCON, against the wishes of the local bishop, the Archbishop should not be surprised that the same people are walking over Canadian Church territory.

John Henry
John Henry
13 years ago

The Anglican Communion, which we have known, is dead. It no longer exists. The new version emerging has an infallible curia of cardinal primates for its instrument of union. The GS now dominates this curia, together with their Anglican Network prince bishops. Any provinces, such as Canada and TEC, had better submit to the curia of cardinal primates or else face expulsion from the Body of Christ. This sad and sorry state of affairs has come about due to the total ineptitude of the present Cantuar, who has failed to lead or allowed himself to be persuaded that the Anglican… Read more »

drdanfee
drdanfee
13 years ago

AB Hiltz is a rather good match for our own USA PB Katharine. Both seem widely read, ready to talk things over, and informed with sufficient real history in hand to nicely counter the ahistorical claims so often being made in support of the worst of our current Anglican realignment campaigning. If you actually bother to read through the referenced Canadian materials, you get an introductory crash course in just how much our understandings of queer folks, straight folks, embodiment, and church life have been shifting as old presuppositions are revealed to be less than accurate and quite a bit… Read more »

Cheryl Va. Clough
13 years ago

It was required to formalise who was in which camp, Moses did this with the Jewish when he came down from Mt Sinai the first time and saw they had built a Baal idol. Praise be to God, in most parts of the world, the decision to worship violence and accusations versus trusting in God’s desire for peace and forgiveness will not lead to such bloodbaths. Bloodbaths end when the advocates of violence are exposed for what they are – greedy bickers who lust after power and desecration. By their fruits we now know them. John Henry A big tent… Read more »

Paul Kent
Paul Kent
13 years ago

I think the letter was excellent and give thanks that we have a Primate who can cut through the noise and misinformation so well. The letter presents a clear, honest summary of our painful position and confirms that we are tackling the issues in as sensitive, disciplined and informed manner possible. The intervention of other parts of the Anglican Communion is not helpful and cannot be ignored. Hopefully the letter will engender greater understanding of our situation and afford us all a bit more room to look for the right way forward. AB Fred needs our full support right now… Read more »

Ben W
Ben W
13 years ago

John Henry, I think the greater irony is after what has happened you can not see! Rowan Williams along with theologians like Oliver O’Donovan have been open to reflection and hearing from all sides on this.(So your sarcasm is unwarrented and amounts to denigration). At the same time, the writer from Covenant notes in his piece on Fulcrum, they worked to include people and embraced the “mind of the Communion” in acord with Lambeth 98.1.10. That,as he says,”is what the Communion has asked of them and that is what they do.” They have acted in accord with communion and “continue… Read more »

Joseph O'Leary
13 years ago

Sane, indeed, and pastorally sensitive. But of course the Global South people will write it off immediately, because it speaks sympathetically of same-sex unions. And it may be true that this treatment of loving and constructive adult decisions as an “abomination” is only a pretext, consciously or unconsciously, in a bid for power. Even in highly intelligent Christian thinkers of a right-wing stamp I see deep instincts of bullying, a latent violence, that augurs longterm destructive effects for church and society.

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