Dublin: Interview with Canadian Archbishop Fred Hiltz


February 1st, 2011 Posted in Anglican Church Of Canada, Primates Meeting |

From Anglican Journal

As he waited at London’s Heathrow International Airport to fly back to Toronto, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, spoke to Anglican Journal staff writer Marites N. Sison about the primates’ meeting, held Jan. 25 to 30 in Dublin. A total of 13 of 38 primates were absent. This included seven who boycotted the meeting to protest issues around the blessing of same-sex unions and the ordination of a lesbian bishop by The Episcopal Church in the U.S. last August. What follows is an excerpt of Sison’s interview with Archbishop Hiltz.
Q: What was your overall impression of the meeting?
A: I think the meeting went very, very well. We had a superb facilitation team who managed the process for us. We had considerable time-sharing with one another about the nature and exercise of the primacy in our own particular contexts. We saw a fair amount of convergence around pastoral roles, prophetic roles, administrative roles. [There was] variance with respect to term in office…everything from two years to until you retire. That was a helpful prelude to conversations around the purpose and scope of the meeting when we come to gather. There was a small writing group…which included me, to prepare the draft of a statement. After Draft 7, we came to consensus…to take the working document and discuss it among our bishops, with the other Instruments of Communion, and with those who were not present for reasons of conscience.

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