"[By] The Very Rev. V.G.B. Griffin, Dean of St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin".
"First published 1976. 2nd impression 1976. Copyright V.G.B. Griffin 1976". -- verso of t.-p.
Includes bibliographical references.
Contents: Foreword / Alan, Archbishop of Dublin -- Facts and Fallacies -- The Bishop of Rome in the Early Church -- The Petrine Texts -- Development -- The Lambeth Quadrilateral -- Bible and Church -- Creeds and Articles -- Authority -- Sacraments -- The Historic Episcopate -- The Anglican Way.
Colophon: Printed in the Republic of Ireland by Leinster Leader Ltd., Naas.
Canadian Anglican bishops meeting this week in Saskatoon, Sask., have unanimously declared the Windsor Report of the Lambeth Commission on unity in the Anglican Communion to be an important document worthy of study by the whole church.
Without dissent, the bishops approved a motion that calls on Canadian Anglicans to respond to the report in time for a meeting of the Primates of the Communion that will be held in Belfast next February .
The bishops also voted unanimously to ask the Canadian Primate, Archbishop Andrew Hutchison, to write a pastoral letter to the Canadian Church asking Anglicans to consider the report and send their responses to him.
The Lambeth Commission was created by Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams more than a year ago to consider how the world-wide Anglican Communion can preserve its unity in the face of controversies around issues such as the ordination of a gay bishop in the United States and the blessing of same-sex unions in a Canadian diocese.
The commission under the chairmanship of Archbishop Robin Eames of Armagh, submitted its report last month. The commission conducted an exhaustive study of Anglican unity and the stresses it faces and made several recommendations including issuing a call for "expressions of regret" on the part of some bishops and churches whose actions have distressed others in the communion. Bishops who have intervened in the affairs of dioceses other than their own are also asked to express regret and refrain from such interventions in the future.
The report also includes a model "covenant" to more closely bind provinces of the Anglican Communion.
Anglican Primates from around the world are to bring their churches' responses to the Belfast meeting, and the Canadian Church has set up a process to gather those responses.
On another matter, the bishops also approved a document entitled "Shared Episcopal Oversight" which provides a model through which parishes and congregations that dissent from a decision on the blessing of same-sex unions made by their dioceses can be placed, temporarily, under the care of a bishop from outside the diocese.
The model described in "Shared Episcopal Oversight" also provides for a process of reconciliation where agreement between certain parishes or congregations and the diocese's bishop cannot be reached. In both cases, the diocesan bishop is involved in the process.
The document says that "shared Episcopal ministry" is based on a spirit of reconciliation, cooperation and good will.
The meeting of Anglican bishops is held twice a year and brings together bishops from each of the Canadian Anglican church's 30 dioceses from across the country.
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"Editor: Richard Holloway, Bishop of Edinburgh". -- cover.
Includes bibliography ( p. 96-97) and index..
"This book considers the three main tendencies of Anglicanism (Evangelism, Catholicism and the Middle Way). After looking at doctrine, priesthood, episcopacy, establishment, politics, internationalism, ecumenism and comprehensiveness, it predicts that all three tendencies will survive and may be joined by others. The conclusions and pointers will often be found controversial. But the author believes that `Anglicanism will remain a loose international conglomerate of Christians believing many different things. Its unity will be constantly strained: its members will be constantly tempted to disunity, but not above what most of them are able to bear. Anglicanism has the experience of containing differences, the tolerance of theological adventurousness, the confidence and prestige born of long existence, to carry this off. And truth, that elusive commodity made up of as many parts as matter itself, will be served as a result'." -- Back cover.
Contents: Series Foreword by The Archbishop of Canterbury dated Lambeth Palace, September 1986 / Robert Cantuar i.e. Runcie -- Diversity -- Doctrine -- Antiquity -- Priesthood -- Episcopacy -- Establishment -- Politics -- Internationalism -- Ecumenism -- Comprehensiveness -- Bibliography -- Index.
Divided into four sections: "1. The Background: Official Anglican-Catholic Dialogue at an International Level -- 2. Why has ARCIC produced another statement about authority ? -- 3. What sort of statement is `The Gift of Authority' ? -- 4. What happens next ?".
"Edited by Sven Oppegaard [and] Gregory Cameron on behalf of The Lutheran World Federation [and] Anglican Consultative Council".
"The present publication contains reports and agreements achieved by Anglican-Lutheran dialogues at regional and international levels. These documents have all been published separately before, and the international agreements have also been collected in `Growth in Agreement', volumes I and II, published by the WCC, Geneva, in 1984 and 2000. It is the first time, however, that this sequence of ecumenical texts, including main documents from regional developments, is collected for comprehensive reference and study". -- Editors' Preface.
"In no other bilateral relationships have so many agreements of church union been reached, and these agreements have in some cases been extended to include churches of the Reformed tradition. Despite the fact that these developments have become quite well known, the texts of many of the agreements have not been easily available. It is with great satisfaction, therefore, that the Anglican Communion and the Lutheran World Federation together present this collection of all the major Anglican-Lutheran agreements of the last thirty years. Having these documents in one volume also makes it easier to see the processes which led to their creation and to make cross references." -- Foreword.
Contents: Editors' Preface / Sven Oppegaard and Gregory Cameron -- Foreword / John L. Peterson and Ishmael Noko -- Anglican-Lutheran Agreements : A Brief Orientation / David Tustin and Michael Root -- Report of the Anglican-Lutheran International Conversations 1970-1972 : Pullach, 1972 -- The Report of the Anglican-Lutheran European Regional Commission : Helsinki, August-September 1982 -- Report of the Anglican-Lutheran Joint Working Group : Cold Ash, Berkshire, England, 28 November - 3 December 1983 -- The Niagara Report : Report of the Anglican-Lutheran Consultation on Episcope : Niagara Falls, September 1987 / Anglican-Lutheran International Continuation Committee -- On the Way to Visible Unity : A Common Statement : Meissen, 18 March 1988 -- The Porvoo Common Statement : Text agreed at the fourth plenary meeting, held at Jarvenpaa. Finland, 9-13 October 1992 -- The Diaconate as Ecumenical Opportunity : The Hanover Report of the Anglican-Lutheran International Commission -- Called to Witness and Service : The Reuilly Common Statement -- Called to Common Mission : A :Lutheran Proposal for a Revision of the Concordat of Agreement : As adopted by the 1999 Churchwide Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the 2000 General Convention of the Episcopal Church -- Called to Full Communion : The Waterloo Declaration : As approved by the National Convention of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada and the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada, Waterloo, Ontario, 2001 -- Common Ground : Covenanting for Mutual Recognition and Reconciliation between The Anglican Church of Australia and The Lutheran Church of Australia : A Report from the Anglican-Lutheran Dialogue in Australia -- Anglican-Lutheran Developments in Africa -- The All Africa Anglican-Lutheran Commission : Nairobi, Kenya, 1-4 April 2001 : Report -- Growth in Communion : Report of the Anglican-Lutheran International Working Group 2000-2002.
Contents: The Contributors -- Introduction / David R. Holeton -- Ordination as God's Action through the Church / Paul Bradshaw -- Anglican Orders and Unity / Colin O. Buchanan -- Some Reflections on Apostolicity, Apostolic Tradition, Episcopacy and Succession / David R. Holeton -- Synodical Government: Consequences for Ministry / Janet Crawford -- Sequential and Direct Ordination / John St. H. Gibaut -- 'Once a Deacon ...?' / Kevin Flynn -- The Practice of Ordination: Distinguishing Secondary Elements from Primary / Louis Weil -- IALC Jarvenpaa Conference on Ordination: Report of the Working Groups.
TORONTO, February 7, 2000 -- Archbishop Michael Peers has used the strongest language yet in the widespread condemnation of irregular ordinations aimed at undermining the leadership of the Episcopal Church in the United States.
Archbishop Peers, the Primate of The Anglican Church of Canada, termed recent ordinations in Singapore "an act of aggression: and "an open and premeditated assault on Anglican tradition, catholic order and Christian charity".
Last week in Singapore the Primates of Rwanda and South East Asia consecrated two American priests as bishops and said they would be "released" into the United States. Archbishop Peers said: "Bishops are not intercontinental ballistic missiles, manufactured on one continent and fired into another as an act of aggression".
The ordinations have been roundly condemned by liberal and conservative forces alike. Archbishop Harry Goodhew of the Diocese of Sydney (Australia) noted that a meeting of the Primates is to take place next month, and conservative church leaders, including Archbishop Moses Tay of South East Asia, had agreed in Kampala last month not to take any precipitous actions before the Primates meeting.
"I am surprised and not a little disappointed that people who were present at Kampala, and agreed upon, have moved now beyond that agreement and have taken action that is contrary to the tenor and spirit of our understanding," Archbishop Goodhew said.
An article on the web site of the conservative organization Forward in Faith America said the ordinations are likely invalid because "certain necessary ingredients to make the ordinations valid were missing and/or certain impediments were present." It lists nine `ingredients and impediments', including the veil of secrecy surrounding the event did not allow for a proper use of the Si quis", a clause in the ordination rite which allows objections to be expressed.
The Archbishop of Canterbury termed the ordinations "irresponsible and irregular" and said the action was "a grave disappointment". In the United States, Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold said he was "appalled" by the "singularly unhelpful" actions and "profoundly disturbed by the caricature that has been presented of the Episcopal Church in the United States".
Archbishop Peers, who is partly responsible for planning the meeting of Primates next month, said the ordinations indicate the need for the Primates to deepen their understanding of Episcopal ministry.
The text of Archbishop Peers' statement follows:
Statement by Archbishop Michael Peers, member for the Americas of the Primates' Standing Committee of the Anglican Communion
I write as a member of the Primates' Standing Committee which, together with the Archbishop of Canterbury, has spent time over the past months planning the March meeting of Primates.
Because of the recent action in Singapore, there will be greater need at that meeting to deepen the understanding of Primates about episcopal ministry.
In the Anglican tradition, bishops are chosen by the local church according to its standards and practices. The persons chosen are affirmed by the wider church, that is, the province, and then ordained by bishops acting in, with, and for the church of the diocese and province.
Bishops are not intercontinental ballistic missiles, manufactured on one continent and fired into another as an act of aggression.
The recent irregular ordination in Singapore is, in my opinion, an open and premeditated assault on Anglican tradition, catholic order and Christian charity.
I ask for the prayers of the whole church for the Primates' Meeting that it may contribute to deeper comprehension. mutual trust, and godly quietness among its members and throughout the Communion.
Archbishop Michael G. Peers
Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada
Member of the Standing Committee of the Primates' Meeting
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"Holiness and Hope was the theme as the Primates (Chief Archbishops / Presiding Bishops / Moderators) of the 38 Provinces of the Anglican Communion met in Oporto, Portugal, from 23-28 March 2000. In 15 sessions over six days the Primates maintained a brisk pace through a full agenda, as they discussed world debt, interfaith and ecumenical relations, and matters of church order, governance and collegiality".
"Foreword by: Most Rev. Dr. Josiah Idowu-Fearon, Archbishop of Kaduna, Nigeria, and member of the Eames Commission [and] Rt. Rev. Michael Ingham, Bishop of New Westminster, Canada".
"This book is written both as a submission to the Eames Commission [Lambeth Commission], and as a contribution to the subsequent discussion. At the time of writing it contains, to my knowledge, the only detailed plan for resolving the crisis (pp. 19-20)." The thrust of this book "is that the Anglican Church can and should remain intact, but should have in some provinces a parallel episcopal structure similar to that instituted in England when the decision was made to ordain women to the priesthood; and I have used the image of a `quilt' to
describe this. Having completed this second draft, I have convinced myself that a quilt is far preferable to schism, and that becoming a quilt is the only realistic way of avoiding schism. I hope I can convince you (p. 21)". -- Intro.
"This book offers a detailed plan for resolving the present crisis over homosexuality in the Anglican Church, prompted by the appointment of openly gay bishops in the USA and England, and the blessing of a gay partnership in Canada. Tracing the roots of the crisis back to the foundation of Anglicanism over four centuries ago, Robert Van de Weyer shows why ancient divisions have grown wider in recent decades. He argues that the two side [which he calls Evangelicals (or Orthodox) and Incarnationals] now need separate episcopal arrangements -- yet both sides have much to gain by remaining together in a single body". -- back cover.
Contents: Endorsements -- Forewords / Josiah Idowu-Fearon [dated 28 January 2004] and Michael Ingham [dated 4 February 2004] -- Acknowledgements -- Introduction --Proposals for the Whole Anglican Communion -- Theology -- Morality -- Ecclesiology -- Proposals for the Church of England -- Afterword.
Author is a priest of the Church of England.
Colophon: Printed by Tien Wah Press (Pte) Ltd, Singapore.
"The Archbishop of Canterbury is fighting to hold the Church of England together. At the General Synod in York, he won a battle, but the row goes on". The author considers the facts of the appointment of Canon Jeffrey John, and his subsequent resignation, as Suffragan Bishop of Reading. He refers to the larger question of homosexuality within the Communion, mentioning the blessing of same sex unions in the diocese of New Westminster and the election of Canon Gene Robinson in New Hampshire. "In all this, the question of why is is homosexuality that should rack the Church is intriguing. It is the issue on which the evangelicals have rallied to their standard in a way they did not on any of the previously abandoned heights of orthodoxy, from slavery to borrowing money at interest to divorce. The answer seems to be that the issue is an easily explicable one to their followers, who are convinced of the scriptural and theological objections to homosexuality, and one which can therefore by guaranteed to secure a majority on one side of the argument. It is, in other words, an atavistic political tool". "The tactics in the row are interesting too. They are ones of threat: alternative oversight, withholding funding, schism. Some the Church of England has brought upon itself: alternative episcopal oversight was introduced a decade back to help reconcile churches which could not accept women's ordination without, perhaps, recognising that the principal of episcopal authority had thereby been comprehensively breached". "This is a Church where unity is currently prized more than integrity. Can it hold together a worldwide Communion -- more a confederation -- of 70 million people, some of whom believe that polygamy is acceptable but homosexuality is beyond the pale, and some of whom believe the reverse ? Should it even try to do so ?" "This is not a happy Church. And Catholic observers should not feel smug. It is a debate that is coming to the Catholic Church too".
See also "Anglican Tug-O--War" on p. 3.
See also "Dr. Williams seeks to hold his fractured Church together", pp. 28-29.