The Rev. Dr. Peter Armstrong examines Chancellor David Jones’ June 2016 Memo regarding the proposed change to the Marriage Canon. Even though that change was ultimately defeated, this Memo paved the way for “local option” in a number of Canadian dioceses. “The weight of this memo needs to be considered carefully, however. It is an opinion piece, or as the chancellor himself has said, an interpretation of the law, to which people may assent or from which they may dissent. It is somewhat disquieting to consider that the content of the memo itself has not been affirmed collectively by the House of Bishops, General Synod, or any other Anglican legislative body…”
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The Anglican Communion Alliance is a national organization representing Canadian Anglicans, coast to coast to coast. We have grown out of the grassroots response of Anglicans to the crisis that has been developing in our church over the past 50 years.
The ACA endeavors to be a rallying place for faithful Canadian Anglicans who want to see the Anglican Church of Canada embrace and live by the principles of its own constitution as set forth in the Solemn Declaration of 1893, and clarified in the Montreal Declaration of Anglican Essentials of 1994. We are striving to assist the efforts of all Anglicans in this country who wish to see their church remain in full membership with the global Anglican Communion. To that end, we support the Anglican Covenant and urge our church to endorse it and pattern our relationships with other Anglicans by it.
While being organizationally separate from the orthodox in other Anglican jurisdictions in Canada, we continue in informal fellowship with them in the cause of the Gospel while addressing the specific situation within our own Anglican Church of Canada.
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“We must restate our conviction that neither bishops nor synods have the authority to overrule what God has said to us about marriage through the Scriptures and through our tradition…”