Skip to comments.Just a Flesh Wound [Hutchinson on ACC]
Posted on 06/23/2005 7:21:47 PM PDT by sionnsar
The Anglican Consultative Council's vote to run the US and Canada off completely until the next Lambeth Conference was no big deal according to Canadian Primate Andrew Hutchison:
The decision to exclude the Anglican Church of Canada from two Anglican Consultative Council committees on which it does not sit is regrettable in principle but will have no practical effect, says Archbishop Andrew Hutchison, Primate of the Canadian church.
We do regret the decision, although we note that it was adopted by an extremely narrow margin, Archbishop Hutchison said. Had our members and our American colleagues been allowed their vote, it would have failed. We regret that the Anglican Consultative Council made such a decision in a forum in which we are not being allowed to participate and in which we have no voice. There is, after all, a pretty fundamental democratic principle that says that when decisions are made that affect you, you are allowed to speak to them.
Couple things, Hutch. You and the Yanks were asked to keep your reps away from this meeting. You sent your reps anyway and specifically indicated that they would be non-voting "observers." So it's more than a little hypocritical for you to complain that things would have gone differently if your people had been allowed to vote when you declared beforehand that they would not vote at all.
As far as how it's "a pretty fundamental democratic principle that says that when decisions are made that affect you, you are allowed to speak to them," the fact of the matter is, Hutch, that you and the Americans were
"allowed to speak to them." Yesterday was all about the crisis New Westminster and ECUSA had brought on the Anglican Communion and both your church and Frank's made long presentations to the ACC justifying your actions. The ACC just didn't buy any of it and most of the votes went against you which is an even more "fundamental democratic principle."
Archbishop Hutchison added: Our hope is that the discussions and debates of the past few days will provide the impetus for the discussion about homosexuality and the role of gays and lesbians in the church to begin in those parts of the Anglican Communion where they have not yet begun.
So these discussions have been going on in the West, have they, Hutch? This will come as a considerable surprise to folks like Mike Hopkins and Susie Russell who insist that they have not been going on at all.
There must be at least one or two people, in the ECUSA or Canada, that are recall a person on trial does not get a vote!! You had your voice when you broke the Lambreth Agreements. Now you will find that you are part of a smaller church as new Aglican chruches are planted.
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