Here's a link to the story I wrote for Catholic papers after the General Synod of the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada (ACCC), which was held between July 12 and July 16 in a Roman Catholic retreat centre in the Archdiocese of Vancouver. This is a shorter version now up on the Catholic Register's website.
SURREY, B.C. – At the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada’s triennial synod July 12-16, bishops, clergy and lay delegates from across Canada passed a resolution to endorse the March 12 letter its bishops sent to the Holy See seeking an Anglican ordinariate in Canada.
The synod also passed a resolution enabling the bishop and the provincial council to make all adjustments to the diocese’s canonical legislation for the formation of the ordinariate.
The ordinariates will allow Anglicans who accept the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Petrine Ministry to become Catholics while retaining their Anglican liturgy and other aspects of their patrimony.
When the resolutions came to a vote, only two lay delegates voted against, while three abstained. Among clergy, support was unanimous.
“The only thing that has puzzled me is the intensity of the opposition to us doing this from those who have no intention of doing it themselves and seem desperate that no one else does it,” said Archbishop John Hepworth, the primate of the Traditional Anglican Communion (TAC), a worldwide communion that includes the ACCC.
“We are not leaving a body and going into another one. Corporate reunion means a corporate body goes into communion and in the process becomes the ordinariate.”
The Catholic News Agency published this account, based on a letter from the dean of our Victoria cathedral that somehow got published on David Virtue's site. Here's a chunk taken from the middle of the report:
The meeting was attended by four ACCC bishops, including Bishop Peter Wilkinson, the communion’s Metropolitan and Ordinary. Archbishop John Hepworth, the Australia-based Primate of the Traditional Anglican Communion (TAC), was also present.
The discussion included the House of Clergy and the House of Laity and focused on the implementation of a proposed Canadian Anglican Catholic Ordinariate under the Apostolic Constitution “Anglicanorum Coetibus.”
Support for the Ordinariate was unanimous in the House of Clergy and received 25 of 30 votes from lay delegates, with two members opposing the proposal and three abstaining.
The synod then passed a resolution enabling Bishop Wilkinson, with the advice and consent of the Provincial Council, to enact the necessary canonical ordinances and rules to establish the Ordinariate.
The House of Clergy elected members of the Interim Governing Council, which nominated and elected Bishop Wilkinson as the first Bishop Ordinary of the proposed Ordinariate.
Here's a link to Dean Shane Janzen's letter via David Virtue's site, but it is my understanding the dean posted it on the Victoria cathedral's website. I rather doubt he sent it off to another blog. I love the way Dean Shane closes off his report.
In closing, may I say that the focus of this Synod, as with that of previous Synods, was the worship and praise of Almighty God (made even more beautiful by the presence at this Synod of our own Cathedral Choir, Choirmaster and Organist); the proclamation of Christ's saving Truth; and faithful witness to the faith, order and discipline to Christ's one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church. Those in attendance came away from Synod 2010 with a renewed sense of optimism for the future and a clear vision for the present. With the overwhelming support of clergy and laity for unity with the See of Peter and the establishment of a Canadian Anglican Catholic Ordinariate, our Diocese is now able to move forward united, renewed, and hopeful.
May we continue to be one in proclaiming the truth in Christ Jesus our Saviour, and pass the same on unimpaired to future Anglican Catholics here and around the world.
Amen to that!
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