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 worldwide 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.
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