ABC condemns interventions in other churches


Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has written to Canadian Primate Archbishop Fred Hiltz to say that he “cannot support or sanction” foreign interventions in the affairs of the Canadian Church.”

The text of the letter says:

I noted also the reference to the appeal of the Canadian Church to myself about interventions and irregular ordinations: as you will understand, I have no canonical authority to prevent these things, but I would simply repeat what was said in my Advent Letter, to the effect that I cannot support or sanction such actions, in line with what successive Lambeth Resolutions and Primates’ Communiques have declared, as well as the statements of my predecessor about irregular ordinations and the clear directions of the Windsor Report.

This came in response to a letter Hiltz wrote to all the Primates of the Anglican Communion earlier this year outlining the process the Canadian Church has undertaken in their discussion of same-sex blessings.

Hiltz appealed to the Archbishop of Canterbury “in his capacity as one of the Instruments of Communion and as chair of the Primates’ Meeting to address the very serious issues raised” by the news that a retired Canadian Bishop has become part of the Province of the Southern Cone and was seeking to establish a parallel Anglican presence in the Canadian Church. Hiltz has appealed to Canterbury “to make clear that such actions are not a valid expression of Anglicanism.”

Read the letter from Archbishop Fred Hiltz to the Primates here.

Read the response from Archbishop Rowan Williams here.

Background on interventions in Canada here, here.

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