Statement of the Rt. Rev. Robert Duncan
Moderator of the Anglican Communion Network
The clarity with which the Primates have spoken is breath-taking.
Individual provinces do have the freedom to act as they see fit under
constitutions, but the exercise of that freedom beyond agreed teaching
and practice will imperil their standing and participation in the Communion.
The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada have been asked
to withdraw their representatives from the Anglican Consultative Council
(ACC) effectively immediately. This suspension of relationship continues
until the constitutional assemblies of each church indicate their willingness
to conform to what was asked of them in the Windsor Report.
The teaching of the Communion is sustained. The authority of Scripture
is upheld. ‘Autonomy in Communion’ is defined. Moratoria
are called for Communion-wide. The need to turn our global attention
to the great social crises of disease and poverty is re-asserted.
Provision for the ‘integrity and legitimate needs’ of
theological minorities is guaranteed by the creation of an international ‘panel
of reference.’ This is an extraordinary and essential development.
The Anglican Communion Network, together with the much wider circle of
orthodox believers in the United States and Canada (including especially
the Common Cause movement) now has an international promise and an Anglican
Communion provision that should stem the flow of three decades of believing
For some months now, I have maintained that the 2005 Primates
Meeting would prove a defining moment in Anglican history. So it has
As the Synod of Whitby in 664 AD decided for unity with the universal
Christian Church in matters of worship and church order, so the 2005
Primates meeting has decided for unity with the universal Christian Church
in matters of doctrine and morals. The decisions taken at Newry in Northern
Ireland are epochal.
For all of this, we should be profoundly grateful to Almighty
God and to the godly leaders of the Anglican Communion for a new day
for Anglicanism and for us.
of the Anglican Communion Network and the American Anglican Council
are thankful for the work of the Primates of the Anglican Communion in
week. This is a pivotal moment in Anglican history in which Biblical
faithfulness has been reaffirmed. At last a clear and unequivocal choice
has been presented
to the Episcopal Church USA and the Anglican Church of Canada. Being
asked voluntarily to withdraw, the two provinces have been effectively
from the Communion until at least July 2008 in order to consider their
place within that body. They must choose between repentance marked by
compliance with the Windsor Report or continued theological innovations
them from the teaching and life of the Anglican Communion. We applaud
the pastoral sensitivity with which the Primates have addressed the concerns
of those who feel betrayed by their church leadership as well as those
of homosexual orientation.
Out of twenty-two
paragraphs of the Communiqué, 15 focus
on the Windsor Report, clearly indicating that the theological
crisis faced by
the Communion was the primates’ central concern. The Communiqué gives
hopeful evidence, however, that having dealt with this issue, the Communion
can turn to critical matters such as developing effective strategies
to address HIV AIDS, TB, malaria, absolute poverty and hunger reduction.
We will continue to pray for the Communion in this solemn period of transition
as the church sorts out the various implications and ramifications
of the Primates’ 2005 Communiqué.