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From the TTAC Website

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As Fr Anthony Chadwick points out:

A reflection on What makes the Traditional Anglican Church of Britain Traditional? has appeared in the TTAC website. It dates from the very beginning of this year. It seems as though the English member Church of the TAC has a new acronym, the TACB (Traditional Anglican Church of Britain).

The text begins by resuming the history of Continuing Anglicanism and the TAC in particular. Not once is the name of Archbishop Hepworth mentioned. The principle of Continuing Anglicanism is outlined together with the notion of Tradition.

The narrative about the ordinariate movement and the TAC’s role in it is interesting:

In recent years, rather than concentrating on promoting the Anglican Way and repairing the breaches among the ‘Continuers’, the Traditional Anglican Church in Britain, and the TAC as a whole have been  heavily preoccupied with attempts to achieve a spectacular goal; the healing of the rift with the Church of Rome with its more than one billion members. The TAC was led to believe that this might take the form of a coming together of what Pope Paul VI once described as ‘sister Churches’ in mutual reconciliation.

At the height of their hopes, in 2007, the then members of the College of Bishops and Vicars General, meeting at St Agatha’s, Portsmouth, solemnly signed a copy of the ‘Catechism of the Catholic Church’ which had been placed upon the altar, as an expression of their desire for such an outcome, and petitioned Rome for a response. After a wait of two years, however, it was made clear that although Rome was willing to provide special jurisdictions for former Anglicans in newly-devised ‘Ordinariates’, in which various aspects of Anglican culture would be preserved for the enrichment of the whole Roman Catholic Church, this could only be by means of individual conversion and implicit, if tacit, rejection of much of former Anglican sacramental ministry, whether exercised or received. And at the end of the process, the TAC would cease to exist.

The Vicar General of the TACB seems, as he has written, determined to engage a process of reconstruction and a recovery of a sense of identity and mission. Numbers of clergy are increasing, so we read, and St Katherine’s church in Lincoln is to be the cathedral for the future Bishop, who in his own words has been elected to be the TACB’s Bishop.

A lengthy section deals with the unacceptability of recent decisions and orientations in the Church of England, which would strengthen the basis of legitimacy of a traditionalist Church. The text is worth reading, and you readers may have your own ideas to express.


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January 18, 2013 at 09:17

Obituary Notices for the TTAC (UK) Were Very Prematurely Written

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Amen! An Advent 2012 Pastoral Letter from England via Fr Anthony Chadwick.

All this is very encouraging. Please keep the TTAC, its Vicar General and all the clergy and laity in your prayers.


Advent 2012

My Dear Friends,

Greetings, to each and everyone one of you in the Name of Jesus Christ.

May I take this opportunity to welcome you to our new Diocesan Journal, TheClarion.

The Clarion has been produced as a direct result from the discussions that were held at our recent Diocesan Assembly, which tool place in Lincoln on October 26th.

It became very evident to me during our meeting that the time was upon us to once again go forth with joy and confidence in proclaiming not just what and whom we are, but to most importantly proclaim the saving message of the Gospels of Jesus Christ.

For several years, the Traditional Anglican Church (TTAC) had become involved with a process that sadly led to confusion and division. That chapter has now closed and our situation has been clarified once and for all. Never again will we allow ourselves to be placed into a position that is neither necessary nor desired.

Let me be very clear about this, what I am not saying is that we are against the unification of the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. The Affirmation of St Louis is very clear on the subject: – “We declare our firm intention to seek and achieve full sacramental communion and visible unity with other Christians who ‘worship the Trinity in Unity, and Unity in Trinity’ and hold the Catholic and Apostolic Faith”.

What we were presented with was not acceptable to us as fulfilling our declared intention and petition on the issue; absorption is not the same as mutual recognition of our treasured place amongst the Holy Church of God, Anglican, Catholic and Apostolic.

So what is the nature of our Church, well again I refer us back to the Affirmation of St Louis as way of a reminder of what we are “we gather as people called by God to be faithful and obedient unto Him. As the Royal Priestly People of God, the Church is called to be, in fact, the manifestation of Christ in and to the world. True religion is revealed to man by God. We cannot decide what is truth, but rather (in obedience) ought to receive, accept, cherish, defend and teach what God has given us. The Church created by God, and is beyond the ultimate control of man.”

“The Church is the Body of Christ at work in the world. She is the society of the baptised called out from the world: in it but not of it. As Christ’s faithful Bride, she is different from the world and must not be influenced by it.”

The Traditional Anglican Church in Britain is a part of the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church of Christ, it holds to the Christian Faith as professed by the Church of Christ from the earliest of times and in particular as set forth by the Ecumenical Councils of the undivided Church and embodied in the Creeds known as the Nicene Creed, Athanasius Creed, and that commonly called the Apostles Creed.

Since our formation in 1996, we have maintained resolutely our Canons and Constitution; we will continue to do so until we have the space to undertake a comprehensive revision. However we also need to ensure that we have a standard form of worship throughout the Diocese and use those books as Authorised under the Ruling Principles of the Church. The King James Bible and the Book of Common Prayer (1662). Please see the excellent article on the subject on the Book of Common Prayer by reverend Father Geoffrey Andow.

We have all witnessed the sad and distressing events that have taken place within the Church of England; we need to be clear on the issue of women and the ministry within this Church. I will again for clarity refer to the Affirmation of St Louis,

Holy Orders: – “The Holy Orders of Bishops, priests and deacons as the perpetuation of Christ’s gift of apostolic ministry to His Church asserting the necessity of a bishop of apostolic succession (or a priest ordained as such) as the celebrant of the Eucharist – these Orders consisting exclusively of men in accordance with Christ’s Will and institution (as evidenced by the Scriptures), and the universal practice of the Catholic Church”.

Deaconesses:-  “The ancient office and ministry of Deaconesses as a lay vocation for women, affirming the need for proper encouragement of that office.”

We are not anti women neither are we anti feminist, but we will continue to adhere to the essentials of Truth and Order as defined within the Affirmation of St Louis and the Ruling Principles of this Church. We fully recognise and encourage lay pastoral roles for women within the Church and that includes the ancient orders including that of Deaconess as a venerable vocation. It is a very important role which we should collectively encourage to meet the growing and demanding needs of the Church in the Community that it seeks to serve.

Our Assembly witnessed in the spirit of Love and Unity the views of all of those who were present, I was determined that the voice of everyone should be heard and understood. Everyone has a right within the Church both Clergy and Laity to express their opinions and views on every aspect of the live of the Church and its collective Ministry.

We are here to proclaim and teach the Gospel message of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, so we have to begin to seek ways in which we can make ourselves more visible.

We have made a very good start by first re- establishing our presence on  the World Wide Web. The site is still in its infancy and will be continually developed until we all feel that it is comprehensively meeting the needs of the Church. The review of our publicity material needs reviewing urgently, so that those who inquire of what we are or who we are need to have to hand easily understandable leaflets etc, that spell it out.

The web site will help address this to a certain extent, Michael Wilson our webmaster is making documents assessable in PDF format already, but more needs to follow. We have within our midst one of the finest journalists in the country Father Tony Fry, I pray that in time Father Tony will edit our Diocesan Journal once he has cleared time and space within his busy schedule.

Cathedral, during the Assembly discussions, a point was made that we should consider that St Katherine’s be made our Cathedral Church. In February 2005 our former Archbishop John Hepworth visited St Katherine’s just before its programme of restoration was due to commence. As a result of his visit he issued a Certificate for the Erection of St Katherine’s as the Cathedral Church for the Traditional Anglican Church in Britain. It was conditional that the restoration programme be completed before the said Church could be erected as our Cathedral. After an extensive £2.3 million restoration project the building works are now complete. As a result we can now proceed to formalising the process.

We will form a Cathedral foundation and appoint Canons. The installation of the  Grand Organ has commenced with the 32 foot pedal open now being in place. The work will last several moths but we hope to have this work completed by Easter 2013. We have had a light peal of six bells donated and hope to be able to fund their installation next autumn. The Cathedral will have its own dedicated website with a direct link to our Diocesan site and the TAC website also.

Election of a Bishop, during the Assembly discussions, the question of our having our own Bishop was raised. I want to emphasise that this topic was not on the Agenda, but in the sprit that the meeting was held the subject was raised and debated. We agreed to pass a Motion on the matter in which it was agreed that we petition  the College of Bishops to arrange for such an election to be held as soon as is practicably possible. The Motion also stated, that I be elected to the position. I was very humbled by the outcome. The Motion received unanimous endorsement. The motion will be forwarded to the College of Bishops in accordance with the wishes of the Assembly.

Officers, All of the officers of the Church have been confirmed into office, I am delighted that Paul Jones has accepted the position of our Registrar. Michael Wilson has agreed to continue as our Diocesan Secretary and Christopher Houghton has been appointed as our Diocesan Treasurer. All of our officers are based at St Katherine’s and can be contacted directly by telephoning the Priory  Centre on 01522 579490.

Development All of us want our Church not to simply “continue” but to grow and attain a national presence. We have to reach out wherever and whenever we can. The work of the Kingdom is not an easy one, particularly in a nation that has developed into an insular, selfish and secular society. However that should not act as a deterrent to our sacred mission to proclaim the Gospel Message. We need to encourage men into the ministry and to welcome enquirers with open arms. We are not here to Judge but to save society from raid moral decline.

We must encourage the establishment of new missions and parishes. We need an effectual support system putting in place so that all of our isolated members receive regular Communion, news and relevant information from across the diocese. We are a member Church of the Traditional Anglican Communion, this is a Global Communion made up of 47 Churches throughout the world. We will try to ensure that news and events from around the Communion are assessable and shared by all.  For those of you with the availability of the internet you can log into the TAC web site at

Finance or lack of it is obviously a problem for our Diocese; however I can report that our Diocesan Treasurer Christopher Houghton is making good and steady progress in resolving the historic issues from the past. However if we are to continue to develop the Diocese more has to be done. Good stewardship is essential and regular donations and tithing will help us to support the development of new missions and the training of new priests.

So here we are at the beginning of Advent a word derived from the Latin meaning coming. The Lord is coming and the preparation for Christmas is an important theme for Advent, but it is more involved than that. Advent in the truest sense allows us a vision of our own lives as Christians and what might be possible to achieve in our daily lives.

The vision that Advent reveals is in two parts. In the first instance it allows us to look back to the first coming of Christ at Bethlehem. It then focuses our minds to the time when Christ will come again. It is in this interval between the past and the future that we find meaning for our own lives as Christians.

We acknowledge and celebrate the certain knowledge by Faith of Christ as he appeared amongst us in the form of flesh and blood when he took on our humanity. He came to show us what life could and should be. He gave us a vision of the true principles upon which all of us can build true and valid lives.

When in ordered time Christ left this earth we know that he did not abandon us. He is with us in His spirit, His Church, the Blessed Sacraments, the Holy Scriptures and each other. He is with us and keeps His vision of life before us.

When Christ comes again in Glory and Majesty, his Glory will be revealed. No longer will He be hidden behind the symbols of the Liturgy or the words from the Scriptures. He will be revealed in His fullness in a presence that will continue forever.

This is the greater significance of Advent. In this short penitential season we observe and inwardly digest the time from Christ’s birth to His Second Coming. This season of Advent gives to each and everyone of us the vision of life for the future.

This is the time for the Church to build upon the foundation that we laid in our October Assembly, a time to become more involved, more caught up in the meaning and possibilities of life as a Christian community. Remember we are not only preparing for Christmas but also for Christ’s Second coming. That in essence means that when He comes again, we will be fully awake, ever vigilant, prayerful and watchful.

To Conclude,

Obituary notices for the TTAC were very prematurely written indeed by those who should have known better. Those who were present at our 2012 Assembly will have shared in the incredible Loving and Holy atmosphere in which we conducted ourselves. What a complete contrast to the last Diocesan Assembly that was held in Portsmouth in 2010.

We are all sad by the loss of close friends through the almost inevitable misunderstandings that took place. I want to assure you all that I welcome any who might wish to consider returning to the TTAC. If they make direct contact with me, I will be only too happy to meet and discuss any request. Indeed, we welcome any individual or group that might wish to join us. Simply contact the diocesan office or any member of our Church.

I want to thank each and every one of you for your steadfast and faithful witness. You are all God’s special and Holy people and you’re continued Faithfulness in adversity is indeed truly special and very precious.

I also want to take this opportunity to welcome to our family the Reverend Father Dr. Frederick Jones, Deacon Robin Westwood and Harry Eddowes.

I wish you all a Prayerful Advent and a Blessed and Holy Christmas.

May Almighty God Bless and Keep You all

Yours in Christ Jesus

Father Ian+


Written by Fr Stephen Smuts

December 18, 2012 at 21:59

Update on the SSJC and the Traditional Anglican Communion Cooperation

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Early in the week I expressed my utter dismay with a statement of cooperation agreement between the SSJC and the TAC which appeared on the SSJC website. I was dismayed (more despaired – you can read about that by following the above link) because:

1.   I was not aware of any existing or pending ecumenical agreement between my Church, the TAC, and the SSJC.

2.   I could not see (and still cannot) why the TAC would engage a fringe Old Catholic sect when,

3.   Christian unity, as we have been promised, looks at working towards overcoming the obstacles that exist between us and that which is One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic – not creating further impediments.

4.   I mean, look at what this society teaches!

Well, I have just received the following correspondence  from the Very Rev Gregory Bellarmine, SSJC+ Superior General, Secundus:


Fr Bellarmine here. Permit me please to offer a response.

Correct, we in no way support the behaviours of the Vatican hierarchy, nor could we be in communion with their clergy given the multifaith Assisi events 1, 2 & 3. Christ is the only way to salvation. Full stop. And no, we cannot help build up or support any group that works against this public faith. But the TAC expresses our faith on this cornerstone belief, which many large modernist churches in practise do not.

We also are NOT in communion with ANY group but are open to all Catholics, including the TAC. What we are doing is cooperating and yes I initiated contact, because I believed that working together to build the Church locally would be better for Christendom in a hostile secular age than working apart.

So we are “traditionally-ecumenical.” This position is clearly stated on our website.

That means when we come across Anglo-Catholic faithful the TAC have graciously offered to supply sacramental services such as confirmations. The order of communication was the Rt Rev Michael Gill, after which Bishop Botterill and finally Fr. Ian Gray.

By cooperation the sense is similar to that of “Churches Together” but for the conservative Catholic, Roman, Anglo, etc

I fail to see the storm this cooperative relationship has raised? Should we not work together?

V. Rev. Gregory Bellarmine SSJC+

Sacramental ‘services’?!

Now, I just don’t know what to say, or think…


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July 28, 2012 at 18:01

More Anglicans Cross the Tiber

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Introibo ad altare Dei has this short post, with a point:

Four new priests were ordained last weekend to serve in the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham in Great Britain. One of them was Fr Brian Gill who had served as Vicar General the Traditional Anglican Church (TTAC), a part of the Traditional Anglican Communion in the United Kingdom, from 2003 to 2009. Mgr Robert Mercer, who had been ‘Bishop’ of this break-away Anglican group joined the Catholic Church at the end of March. The Traditional Anglican Communion of which the TTAC has had a vision of corporate union with the Holy See for several years, long before the well-known converts from the Church of England.


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July 26, 2012 at 20:39

SSJC and the Traditional Anglican Communion: Cooperation?!

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Very, very interesting… The Society of the Cross and the Traditional Anglican Communion (the emphasis mine):

From the Office of the Superior General
Lancashire, United Kingdom
23 July 2012

Dearest Faithful:

Recently I have been in warm communication with both counterparts and superiors of the Traditional Anglican Communion. It has been my stated intention never to be a party to the appearance of division in that wing of the Catholic Church which holds Christ alone as the exclusive means and Saviour of Humanity, through whom a public and genuine faith will bring salvation.

Clearly, due to our nature as a faithful religious society and no more, the 1917 Code of Canon Law prevents us from juridically establishing formal ecclesial relationships. We can nonetheless serve one another as needs may require.

However, for the good of the Body of Christ, and after much reflection, the SSJC is committed henceforth to cooperating to the utmost with the hierarchy and members of the Traditional Anglican Communion.

To borrow from the incisive summary of the realities on the ground by Vicar General for the UK, the Rev. Fr. Ian Gray, with which we entirely agree and whose motives we endorse and in action support, “We all share the very same foundation of Faith that binds us as one in Christ Jesus. I am certain that we can work together in these difficult, challenging and dangerous times. The enemy is at the gate and seeks to devour by exploiting division and dissent.”

If there are any questions, please contact my office directly.

Yours Forever in Christ

V. Rev. Gregory. Bellarmine, SSJC+
Superior General, Secundus

Now if you, like me, are wondering just what the Society of St John of the Cross is?

The Society of St. John of the Cross (SSJC) is a clerical society professing pre-Vatican II beliefs and practices, but who condemns no other traditional catholic group for their views of the changes. They are in no way associated with the mainstream Roman Catholic Church.

When Lawrence Miller was a young man, he witnessed the changes in the Church during the late 1960s and early 1970s. In turn he approached the North American Old Roman Catholic Church under Archbishop Marchenna and was later ordained to the priesthood, so he could continue with his pre-Vatican II practices while he pastored St. Michael the Archangel’s Mission.

After Archbishop Marchenna’s death, the NAORC splintered into separate jurisdictions, and shortly thereafter, Fr. Lawrence’s parish diminished. But Bishop Robert Bowman of the United Catholic Church approached Fr. Lawrence and consecrated him a Bishop on July 22, 2002 with the Costa and Old Catholic lines of apostolic succession. A lifelong dream to establish a traditional order, he later broke with the UCC and established the SSJC as a Traditional Catholic priestly fraternity.

Thus together Bishop Lawrence and the new priest repudiated their ties with the UCC and founded the Society of St. John of the Cross – with a province in Canada and the United States.

Both the young priest and Bishop Lawrence made the Oath Against Modernism as well as the Profession of Faith before the Blessed Sacrament. Additionally they posted a formal abjuration of error on the internet for all to read.

November 18, 2002, Bishop Miller publicly resigned from the Society. On this date he handed over the office of Superior General to Fr. Gregory Bellarmine, saying “With your dedication to the Tridentine Mass and the old ways of the pre-Vatican II church, you are ideally suited to be Superior General. I look forward to hearing great things concerning the Society as you take the reins.”

Since that time the SSJC has expanded to the UK and continues to concentrate on spiritual means rather than political ones to deal with the crisis of conscience for many tradition-oriented Catholics.

The SSJC are the only Traditional Catholic Society publicly to condemn the SSPX Bishop Williamson for his deplorable stance on the holocaust.

The special charism of the SSJC is a reliance on the Pre Vatican II Code of Canon Law, such that the Church requires the protection of the Jewish people.


Latin Rite Priests who are openly affiliated with the Society are listed in Fr. Morrisson’s Worldwide Latin Mass Directory. However, the majority of others are either retired or inactive due to laicization due to factors other than moral laxity…

Our position is that although the Chair of Peter is materially occupied, an unrepentant heretic is automatically suspended from his or her Office in the Church. This is true according to Canon Law, the declarations of Church Councils and a brilliant letter by one of the Holy Fathers.

We cannot disobey what isn’t there. We conclude as with others that the Vatican and its hierarchs are no longer allowed to act as though they represent the Catholic Church. They may have the buildings but we have the Faith, and thus they are outside and we still within until they repent of Assisi 1, 2 and 3 as well as a variety of local ecumenical activities that caused their “suspension a divinis.” Thus we remain in obedience to the Faith. This is why we were active during the reign of Paul II and why we chose to become inactive during the first part of the reign of Pope Benedict XVI but have restarted out ministry…

Please, someone, tell me: What is the TAC doing with this Old Roman Catholic group, when the possibility of union with the One Holy Catholic Church proper was (is) open?!

We believe that the Chair of Peter remains occupied, but that the last truly loyal Pope was Pius XII, and that the rest have departed dramatically from the Traditional faith given to Peter by Christ. Their illicity commands ought to be resisted: attendance at the new mass, teachings that non-Catholics are saved, that dogma can change etc…

Good grief!

And just let me add here, in conclusion, something that Msgr Jeffrey Steenson once said, that seems to keep coming up in my mind:

“I don’t have any interest at all in the extraordinary rite,” the Latin liturgy often referred to as the Tridentine rite, “or in any move of retrenchment against the Second Vatican Council. Vatican II is the reason I was able to become a Catholic.”

“I am extremely happy with the church as I find it,” he said.

Instead, we are now unhappily told there is cooperation with pre-Vatican II schismatics who have separated themselves from the One Holy Catholic Church? And learn of it over on their blog? Unacceptable.

UPDATE:   Fr Bellarmine writes:


Fr Bellarmine here. Permit me please to offer a response.

Correct, we in no way support the behaviours of the Vatican hierarchy, nor could we be in communion with their clergy given the multifaith Assisi events 1, 2 & 3. Christ is the only way to salvation. Full stop. And no, we cannot help build up or support any group that works against this public faith. But the TAC expresses our faith on this cornerstone belief, which many large modernist churches in practise do not.

We also are NOT in communion with ANY group but are open to all Catholics, including the TAC. What we are doing is cooperating and yes I initiated contact, because I believed that working together to build the Church locally would be better for Christendom in a hostile secular age than working apart.

So we are “traditionally-ecumenical.” This position is clearly stated on our website.

That means when we come across Anglo-Catholic faithful the TAC have graciously offered to supply sacramental services such as confirmations. The order of communication was the Rt Rev Michael Gill, after which Bishop Botterill and finally Fr. Ian Gray.

By cooperation the sense is similar to that of “Churches Together” but for the conservative Catholic, Roman, Anglo, etc

I fail to see the storm this cooperative relationship has raised? Should we not work together?

V. Rev. Gregory Bellarmine SSJC+

V. Rev. Gregory Bellarmine

I have nothing more to say.

Written by Fr Stephen Smuts

July 24, 2012 at 19:11


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The TTAC newsletters for June:

My Dear Friends,

One of the most striking features of the Queens Diamond Jubilee year has been the constant reference about her as a person and the character of her long reign described as an unprecedented period of service to this nation and to the commonwealth.

Service to her peoples and to God has been the constant theme throughout and coupled to the other most enduring aspect of her life and character that of dedication, has made her reign all the more remarkable and attractive to many.

Service to God is an essential ingredient to the lives of all Christian people, it is a part of the foundation upon which we exist in the world that is to serve God and his peoples in all of our thinking and our actions.

What unites all Christians is this very essential element of our daily lives, that is to place God first and foremost and to serve him to the very best of our ability in every situation that we face.

One other element of our Queens reign has been her steadfast believe in the word Duty, again she has demonstrated with great admiration her constancy in Service, Dedication and Duty. Duty is also a none negotiable option in the lives of all Christians, we are duty bound to serve God in whatever task he asks us to do.

The TAC has emerged from a long and dark chapter in its recent history and we all praise and thank Almighty God for that. However it remains challenged on many fronts and still needs to deal with ongoing distractions and related issues.

However, if we stand fast firm and resolute and follow the example as set by our Queen, everything will be resolved as God commands and orders. We are united now and the bonds of love and friendship between us all both at home and abroad will begin to flourish and grow.

I am delighted that we now have a new dedicated web site for the TAC, you can find it by going to There you will find the voice of the Communion that reflects accurately our position on the current issues and the positive message for the future. Please take time to read it and digest its contents.

Regarding our own Web site, the “new” site which is currently under construction will go live at the beginning of July; the link to our existing site will be transferred to the “new” site at the same time.

May Almighty God Bless You All,

In Christ Jesus,


The above is in pdf. here.


Written by Fr Stephen Smuts

June 15, 2012 at 12:32

TTAC Communication

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For March is out from Fr Ian Gray, Vicar General:

My Dear Friends,

I have delayed writing this letter whilst I received news from the Johannesburg meeting of the
Traditional Anglican Church College of Bishops.

I can now state that contrary to some reports, this meeting was not a meeting of a few Bishops, but a rather full and fully ratified College of Bishops meeting held in accordance with the Traditional Anglican Church concordat.

Archbishop John Hepworth’s resignation was verified and accepted with immediate effect, he was not deposed as some have suggested. With Archbishop Hepworths departure also came the ending of any appointments he made including those concerned with Episcopal oversight.

I understand that Bishop David Moyer will shortly be writing to us, he is fully aware of the outcomes of the meeting.

Archbishop Prakash has been appointed as our acting Primate and Bishop Michael Gill as the new secretary to the College of Bishops.

For Britain, Ireland, Kenya, Zambia and Japan, new Episcopal oversight appointments will shortly be announced.

The College of Bishops meeting witnessed a renewed and invigorated TAC with a strong emphasis on Mission and Evangelism as our Lord would have for His church.

I will write a more detailed report in my April News Letter including the news of all appointments.

I understand that Father Brian Gill my predecessor has been accepted for the Ordinariate. I would like to place on the record on behalf of us all, heartfelt thanks for the work he did as Vicar General during his time in office and for his steady and faithful witness. I wish him well for the future and pray that his Ministry be Blessed. I also wish to thank Ann, his wife for her unfailing support in the life and witness of the Church and the faithful that are Father Brian’s congregation.

May God Bless and Keep You All,

Yours in Christ Jesus,

Father Ian Vicar General.


Note from webmaster.

There is no point in repeating issues of contention. From Easter the situation will be as described for those remaining in TTAC. It is hoped that other arrangements will be made for those still on the way to the Ordinariate.

It is unlikely that I will make further postings, other than to remove known departing clergy and parishes from the list of contacts. It is for those remaining in TTAC to decide how to provide for the future internet needs of the body. An outsider cannot know what those needs are or how to meet them.

The above is in pdf. here.

Not much new.

Written by Fr Stephen Smuts

March 31, 2012 at 17:07


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