New Westminster Diocese: Orthodox Anglican teaching has no basis in Anglicanism

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

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0 Responses to New Westminster Diocese: Orthodox Anglican teaching has no basis in Anglicanism

  1. Henry Troup says:

    I just checked – the Solem Declaration is still in the Declaration of Principles of the ACoC.

    As for doctrinal innovation, that’s the point of the “not core” or “not creedal” doctrine. This is pretty well-trodden ground by now.

  2. Paula says:

    The Solemn Declaration, the Creed, the 39 Articles, Lambeth 101…
    Give up Mr Ingham – the proof is out there in abundance.

  3. Jim Muirhead says:

    The “not creedal” finding -as misguided as it is, was with respect to a single issue. Ingham doesn’t believe that Christ is the only way to God ( Mansions of the Spirit) and his various positions over the years have trashed the creeds themselves. If one accepts Ingham’s position, two thousand years of church teaching also needs to be carted off so that his diocese can be politically correct.

  4. Gordon Arthur says:

    In addition to posturing and bafflegab, might I also offer piffle, bosh, bunkum and balderdash?

  5. Bill in Ottawa says:

    Gordon, you may offer it, but Mr. Ingham has beaten you to it. :-)

  6. Gordon Arthur says:

    Bill, would you have preferred “suggest” to “offer”?

  7. siena says:

    Perhaps an Ecclesiastical court could remind all of the difference between Christian and Anglican worship vs. Unitarianism.

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