Message from Michael Peers to Primates in the Anglican Communion
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I believe that the text to Motion 7 mentioned in this letter is at:
The ACC web site is not crystal clear about this.
The following is the text of a letter from Archbishop Michael Peers
to the other primates of the Anglican Communion
The Office of the Primate,
Anglican Church of Canada
June 16, 2002
To the Primates of the Anglican Communion
Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
I am writing to convey news of developments in the Diocese of New
Westminster (Vancouver, British Columbia). At their Synod Friday
and Saturday, June 14-15, the members of that synod approved the
development of a rite of blessing for committed same-sex unions.
In the two previous synods, the clergy and laity had voted in
favour of such a development, but the Bishop, the Right Reverend
Michael Ingham, had withheld his consent.
Bishop Ingham has, in the intervening two years, initiated a
"listening process" in the diocese, encouraging those of different
minds on this issue to enter into dialogue. He has consulted with
the House of Bishops of the Anglican Church of Canada, and the
diocese has sought a legal opinion as to its authority, under the
canons of the Anglican Church of Canada, to proceed with the
development of such a rite. In particular, I draw your attention
to the provision for an Episcopal Visitor to serve the pastoral
needs of those parishes who desire it. I believe that Bishop
Ingham and the Diocese of New Westminster have acted responsibly
in this matter.
At the same time, I recognize that this development will create
tension within the diocese, the province, and the communion. All
the same, I recognize, and ask you to respect, the authority of
the bishop and synod within the Diocese of New Westminster.
During our recent meeting in Canterbury, we explored a number of
principles common to our canon law across the Anglican Communion.
Among those principles was the understanding that a bishop has no
authority to intervene in the life of a diocese other than his or
her own, unless the bishop of that diocese has given permission to
I would welcome your prayers for the Bishop, Synod, and Diocese of
New Westminster, along with the House of Bishops, the General
Synod, and the Anglican Church of Canada.
Finally, I think it important that you see Bishop Ingham's
proposal, which the synod adopted in "Motion 7". That text is
appended to this letter.
Your fellow servant in Christ,
Michael G. Peers,
Archbishop and Primate
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