"The statement by the House of Bishops of the Anglican Church of Canada to members of the Council of General Synod (CoGS) has deeply saddened me ('Order of Bishops unlikely to support gay marriage', April 2016, p. 1). .... I am puzzled why the bishops would want to influence in this manner the members of CoGS, and indeed all members of General Synod, prior to the meeting in July . Regardless of what each member's position on the question of same-sex marriage is, it seems to me that by stating their perception of the outcome at this time, the bishops are showing an unwillingness to further listen to one another and all members of General Synod, thus pre-empting the due process established by the church. More importantly, are they not denying the power of God the Spirit at work among them at their meeting ? .... The bishops further reveal their preconceived beliefs and attitudes in their most unfortunate choice of words when they commit to 'achieving the greatest pastoral generosity possible'. Pastoral generosity ? It is hardly generosity that is required of them, but humility and justice".