On Jan. 23 Bishop Ronald Ferris, recently retired Bishop of Algoma (in Ontario), announced that effective immediately, he will minister as part of the Anglican Network in Canada (ANiC) under Archbishop Gregory Venables, Primate of the Anglican Province of the Southern Cone. Ferris spoke with his former Primate, Archbishop Hiltz personally about his decision, and described the phone conversation as "very friendly, courteous and affirming."
The Diocese of Toronto plans to bless same-sex relationships without taking any formal vote on the theologically contentious issue. "(A vote) would cause more division than it would cause resolution," the diocesan bishop, Colin Johnson, told the media.
The trial involving four Vancouver-area Anglican Network in Canada churches and the Anglican Church of Canada’s Diocese of New Westminster will begin on May 25 in British Columbia Supreme Court. Three weeks have been set aside to hear the case.
Pro-life demonstrator Linda Gibbons walked out of court a free woman to the hugs of supporters on Jan. 12 after a criminal court judge quashed a charge of disobeying a court order against her. She had been held in prison since her arrest Oct. 8 outside the Scott Clinic in downtown Toronto, which is shielded by a legal bubble zone established as part of a "temporary" court injunction implemented in 1994.
The House of Bishops no longer speaks with a unified voice. It has produced several ambiguous statements in the past few years but at its latest gathering the statement it issued required twenty drafts.