(One of the dedicated clergy in British Columbia in the diocese of New Westminster, where the lesbigay agenda is to be implemented has sent out this...I pass it on for your perusal.
I cannot help but think that if the evangelicals in this diocese and throughout Canada had been more aware of making compromises on Christian marriage and Christian Liturgy in recent decades, then this present situation would not have been reached so quickly. The fences were taken down that protected the Faith and there was little protest, but the protest now comes when the invaders have got over the fences... it may be too late. The abandonment of the doctrine of Christian marriage through acceptance of serial monogamy is a very serious error, as is adopting litrugies which are far below the classic Trinitarian and Christological norms, and evangelicals have watched these occur and done little to oppose them, as far as I can see... But God is merciful and with Him all things are possible, including the renewal of the Canadian Anglican Church.) -- P.T.
Dear friends in Christ,
I draw to your attention the following updates on the New Westminster Synod scandal:
Sincerely, Ed Hird+
1) The influential Church of England newspaper (the original Anglican newspaper, dating back to 1828,with over 25,000 weekly readers) just wrote an editorial on the New Westminster situation entitled: 'A Time to Stand Fast':
".Now is a time for ordinary Christians to stand fast, to maintain the theological battle, and to point to historic Anglican teaching and practice, above all not to be bullied out of their Church."
2) A signicant public statement by 17 Australian Anglican bishops opposing Motion 7
Australian Bishops' Statement on the Decision by the Bishop and Synod of the Diocese of New Westminster to approve the blessing of same-sex unions
Dr Peter Jensen, the Archbishop of Sydney has been joined by a number of bishops of the Anglican Church of Australia in calling for the Bishop of New Westminster, Anglican Church of Canada "not to act" upon a recent decision of the Synod of the Diocese of New Westminster to approve the blessing of same-sex unions.
The statement from the Australian bishops says that the decision is in contradiction to the tradition of the Church, the overwhelming consensus of the 1998 Lambeth Conference, and the 1997 Statement from the Canadian House of Bishops.
"This is a significant and historic break in the teaching of the Anglican Church on marriage and human sexuality," the Australian bishops write. "The innovation threatens the fabric of the world-wide Anglican communion and puts in question the nature of our on-going communion with this Diocese."
They state that if the Bishop of New Westminster acts upon the decision, it "effectively creates a state of impaired communion" and they call on "the Canadian House of Bishops to provide alternative episcopal oversight to those members of the Anglican Communion in New Westminster, who through their faithful adherence to the teaching of our Church, are now in a state of impaired communion with the Bishop and the Diocese.
The Standing Committee of the Diocese of Sydney meeting on 24th June encouraged Archbishop Jensen to send his statement to other Australian bishops and when completed to forward it to the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Primate of Canada, the Bishop of New Westminster and the Secretary General of the Anglican Communion.
The full text of the Australian Bishops' Statement, with the list of signatories follows:
61 (0)2 9265 1507 (W)
61 (0)2 9560 9801 (H)
STATEMENT CONCERNING A RECENT DECISION OF THE SYNOD OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW WESTMINSTER, CANADA FROM BISHOPS OF THE ANGLICAN CHURCH OF AUSTRALIA
We understand that the Bishop and Synod of the Diocese of New Westminster have approved the blessing of same sex unions.
This is a significant and historic break in the teaching of the Anglican Church on marriage and human sexuality.
It stands in contradiction to the tradition of the Church, the overwhelming consensus of the 1998 Lambeth Conference, and the 1997 Statement from the Canadian House of Bishops.
The innovation threatens the fabric of the world-wide communion and puts in question the nature of our on-going communion with this Diocese.
We call upon the Bishop to not act upon the decision. If he does, it effectively creates a state of impaired communion.
In the event of such an unprecedented move, we call on the Canadian House of Bishops to provide alternative episcopal oversight to those members of the Anglican Communion in New Westminster who, through their faithful adherence to the teaching of our Church, are now in a state of impaired communion with the Bishop and the Diocese.
List of Signatories
The Most Rev Peter Jensen, Archbishop of Sydney
The Rt Rev Peter Brain, Bishop of Armidale
The Rt Rev Bruce Clark, Bishop of Riverina
The Rt Rev Glenn Davies, Bishop of North Sydney, Diocese of Sydney
The Rt Rev Ross Davies, Bishop of The Murray
The Rt Rev Robert Forsyth, Bishop of South Sydney, Diocese of Sydney
The Rt Rev Tom Frame, Bishop to the Defence Forces
The Rt Rev Godfrey Fryar, Regional Bishop, Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn
The Rt Rev Stephen Hale, Bishop of Eastern Region, Diocese of Melbourne
The Rt Rev John Harrower OAM, Bishop of Tasmania
The Rt Rev Roger Herft, Bishop of Newcastle
The Rt Rev Richard Hurford OAM, Bishop of Bathurst
The Rt Rev Brian King, Bishop of Western Sydney, Diocese of Sydney
The Rt Rev Tony Nichols, Bishop of North West Australia
The Rt Rev Reg Piper, Bishop of Wollongong, Diocese of Sydney
The Rt Rev David Silk, Bishop of Ballarat
The Rt Rev Paul White, Bishop of Western Region, Diocese of Melbourne
2) A July 2nd article on the New West situation from the Anglican Media Sydney, with a special look at St John's (Shaughnessy) Vancouver, the largest Anglican Church (average Sunday attendance) in Canada
3) Another article from a national Canadian newspaper The Globe and
Mail (July 2nd 2002) A15 Print Version
or click on http://www.prayerbook.ca/cann/2002/07/cann0451.html
The Rev'd Dr. Peter Toon
Minister of Christ Church, Biddulph Moor,
England & Vice-President and Emissary-at-Large
of The Prayer Book Society of America