The Diocese of New Westminster has filed its statement of defence against the clergy and trustees at St. Matthew’s Abbotsford, St. Matthias & St. Luke, Vancouver, and St. John’s Shaughnessy. The statement refers to Reverends David Short, Trevor Walters and Simon Chin as “former clergy” but this is, of course,
posturing bafflegab erroneous inasmuch as the three men are still Anglican clergy under the Primatial authority of Archbishop Gregory Venables of the Anglican Province of the Southern Cone.
From the slanted report posted at the diocese’s website:
The 17 Plaintiffs also claim that what is known as the 1893 Solemn Declaration, one of the foundational documents of what the Anglican Church of Canada, requires a diocese to “maintain and defend historic, orthodox Anglican teaching and practice.” They say the Diocese of New Westminster violated the Declaration by establishing a rite for the blessing of same sex unions.
In its statement of defense, the Diocese notes that Bishop Ingham has always acted in accordance with the Diocese’s Constitution and Canons, and his actions have been properly ratified by Diocesan Council.
The statement adds that the term “historic, orthodox Anglican teaching and practice” has no basis in law or in Anglicanism, and that “the Solemn Declaration does not constrain the evolution of doctrine.”
That last sentence is quite intriguing. It appears to imply that the Solemn Declaration of 1893 has no basis in Anglicanism. Why, then, did the Anglican Church of Canada include the declaration in the 1962 Book of Common Prayer on the second page of text?
Moreover, in my view, only an exceedingly tendentious reading could conclude that “the Solemn Declaration does not constrain the evolution of doctrine.” The declaration pledges that the Anglican Church of Canada will “hold the One Faith revealed in Holy Writ, and defined in the Creeds as maintained by the undivided primitive Church in the undisputed Ecumenical Councils; receive the same Canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, as containing all things necessary to salvation . . .”
I don’t see any wiggle room for doctrinal innovation there, but maybe that’s just me.
h/t: Virtue Online