Wednesday, July 16, 2008

A Letter from Archbishop Greg Venables: The Anglican Communion and Bishop John-David Schofield

[] 16 Jul 2008--In addition, I have been in conversation with Archbishop Rowan. Over the weekend I received the following message from him: "I understand that Bishop John-David Schofield has been accepted as a full member of the episcopal fellowship of the Province
of the Southern Cone within the Anglican Communion and as such cannot be regarded as
having withdrawn from the Anglican Communion. However, it is acknowledged that his
exact status (especially given the complications surrounding the congregations associated
with him) remains unclear on the basis of the general norms of Anglican Canon Law, and
this constitutes one of the issues on which we hope for assistance from the Windsor
Continuation Group. Bishop Schofield has elected to decline the invitation to the
Lambeth Conference issued to him last year although that decision does not signal any
withdrawal from the Communion. I hope there may be further careful reflection to clarify
the terms on which he will exercise his ministry."

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