Talk:Anglican Communion

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Suspension of the Episcopal Church?[edit]

Just a question: Should the recent "suspension" of the Episcopal Church in the United States be a section on this article under the topic controversies? JustTryintobeJust (talk) 21:00, 27 January 2016 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Archbishop Justin Welby clarified that the Episcopal Church is not suspended because the Primates' Meeting has no legal power to do that. "the Primates' meeting has no legal authority over Provinces."[1] SeminarianJohn (talk) 08:25, 28 April 2016 (UTC)SeminarianJohnReply[reply]

It seems like it's still a controversy, no? afuller2028 (talk) 23:12, 28 April 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]


  1. ^ "Archbishop Welby briefs ACC members..." Anglican News. Retrieved April 28, 2016.


"Each independent church has its own doctrine and liturgy, aligned in most cases on that of the Church of England; and each church has its own legislative process and overall episcopal polity, under the leadership of a local primate."

This is what the clergy-members of, for example, the Anglican Church of Canada, who have been to grad school say, but that does not make it true. If one looks at the diocesan and provincial constitutions of the Anglican Church in Canada, one tends to find that the defining factor of the parish/diocese is that it be in communion with the See of Canterbury. The idea that these are "independent" churches is mostly something cooked up due to, in my view, Episcopalian influence, as though every particular/national church in the communion were basically as independent as the traitorous episcopalians who rebelled against God's anointed sovereign all those years ago. MDiv. degrees tend to only go to _very_ ignorant socialist types in Canada. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2001:569:7A31:4B00:905E:78F4:81E9:C28E (talk) 22:44, 18 January 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Anglican Church in North America[edit]

I have reincluded the Anglican Church in North America. There is a dispute in the Anglican Communion about whether the ACNA is a province or not, with some primates giving recognition and others not. There also exists conflicting evidence of recognition from the Archbishop of Canterbury. Because the issue at hand is not a simple yes-or-no, and largely depends on which faction in the Anglican Communion one belongs to, I believe that the best way to give accurate information is to include it as a province, with a note on the dispute that includes citations. This seems more accurate than simply not including it on the page whatsoever. Similar to the recognition of countries as sovereign states, where not all UN member states give recognition, I believe this is the best approach for a listing of provinces within the Anglican Communion. See List of states with limited recognition. Afuller2028 (talk) 21:32, 20 December 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The ACNA is not a province of the Anglican Communion. First and foremost, including the ACNA on the list of provinces here contradicts what is stated on the ACNA article: "Unlike the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada, the ACNA is not a member province of the Anglican Communion." along with four different citations to independent sources supporting that fact. One of those sources is the Anglican Communion's website itself listing the thirty-nine provinces of the Anglican Communion—and the ACNA is not listed as one of those thirty-nine provinces. In addition, as recent as September, the secretary general of the Anglican Communion has stated in no uncertain terms that the ACNA is not a province.
This actually is a very simple yes-or-no. — D. Wo. 17:24, 30 December 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
All due respect, but quite frankly, I'm simply trying to display the most accurate information as possible on this page. Here are the facts as best as I can sort them out:
Therefore, I simply disagree with your premise because of a number of factors:
  1. The Anglican Global South, a grouping of 25 of the 39 provinces, has recognized the ACNA as a province of the Anglican Communion;
  2. The ACNA's primate, Archbishop Foley Beach, was enthroned by seven Anglican archbishops, who afterwards recognized him as a fellow primate and archbishop of the Anglican Communion;
  3. During a meeting of the Anglican Primates of the Global South, a coalition representing the majority of the world's Anglicans, from October 14–16, 2015 in Cairo, Egypt, Beach was seated as a member of the Global South Primates Council with voice and vote;
  4. Beach was invited by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, to the Anglican Communion primates' gathering that took place on January 11–15, 2016;
  5. During the same primates' gathering, the primates decided that in response to the "distance" caused by what it called "unilateral action on matters of doctrine without Catholic unity", "for a period of three years, The Episcopal Church [would neither] represent [the Communion] on ecumenical and interfaith bodies… [nor] take part in decision making on any issues pertaining to doctrine or polity";
  6. Many of the provinces of the Anglican Communion have declared that they are no longer in communion or relationship with The Episcopal Church, nor the Anglican Church in Canada;
  7. The Archbishops of Canterbury and York, Justin Welby and John Sentamu, recognized ACNA's religious orders under the Overseas and Other Clergy (Ministry and Ordination) Measure 1967, as it was announced on 10 February 2017. This indicates at the very least a recognition of the ACNA's validity by the Archbishop of Canterbury, a prerequisite to be included on this list.
Due to these, I believe that my proposed edit is the most neutral and accurate to this page. It is not a simple yes-or-no. I propose including the Anglican Church in North America as a province with a note regarding the dispute and conflict; I also propose that this clarification is edited on other pages regarding the Anglican Communion and the ACNA. Similar to many secular nation-states that are not unanimously recognized by other nation-states, we give accurate information by including them as nation-states, but note the disputed recognition. This also seems to be the most judicial and diplomatic way to proceed. — Afuller2028 (talk) 21:04, 31 December 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]


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Origins of Scottish Episcopal Church[edit]

This article should make it clearer that the Scottish Episcopal Church is not an offshoot of the Church of England. Also after the USA's separatist rebellion was successful, the English church cut off the Episcopal Church there and it was through the efforts of Scottish Episcopalians that it got back on its feet. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:36, 23 September 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Map ??[edit]

I find the map puzzling. What are "autonomous churches" in distinction to the other provinces?? I do not find that in the article. Is it supposed to mean something like "national provinces" differentiated from "supernational" ones? Kipala (talk) 06:28, 24 May 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]