Archbishop calls for restraint and reflection over Canadian decision
Writing to fellow Anglican primates, Archbishop Carey said that the decision had major implications for the whole of the Anglican Communion and urged that individual dioceses should not "go it alone" in respect of such matters.
"Precisely because there are strong views on all sides of this issue, I believe that departure from the main thrust of Anglican moral tradition is sufficiently significant for individual dioceses not to act alone in relation to it."
Archbishop Carey has also written to the diocesan bishop, Michael Ingham, seeking clarification on five points:
- The precise status of the decision, the consent and ratification required and the process which now ensues;
- The extent and limitation of the pastoral oversight delegated to any episcopal visitor scheme;
- Safeguards for clergy and others dissenting from the move;
- The contribution so far and possible future role of the Canadian house of bishops; and
- The extent to which wider factors, including the implications for the Province and the Anglican Communion were a part of the debate.