(Anglican Journal) The bishop of of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador is to retire

Posted by Kendall Harmon

At the height of the controversy over same-sex blessings, which led to the departure of some clergy and laypeople – including the former bishop – the quiet and soft-spoken Pitman surprised many when he asked clergy in his diocese to declare their loyalty to the Anglican Church of Canada as they renewed their ordination vows and renewed their licences.

“Today, my friends, is a fresh start,” he had said in his sermon at a mandatory gathering held Jan. 21, 2008 at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in St. John’s, Nfld. “It’s not a power grab as has been suggested by some. Whether someone is of a conservative bent or a liberal bent or some other bent, whatever these labels mean, I will support you… But let’s not make any mistake about it. There are boundaries.”

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Posted August 17, 2013 at 12:34 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. Cennydd13 wrote:

I have a problem with any clergy being told by their bishop that they must pledge loyalty to their Church (their province) and by having to renew their licenses.  What happened to loyalty to Christ and His Church?

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