Tuesday, March 11, 2008
In September 2005 the Congregation and Leadership of St. Aidan's Anglican Church, Windsor, Ontario ascribed to the Statement of faith found in the Montreal Declaration of Anglican Essentials Canada. St Aidan's had outlined their concerns over the direction of the Anglican Church of Canada in a brochure that said:
1. GENERAL SYNOD'S MOTION TO AFFIRM …..
At its general meeting (Synod) in June, 2004,the Anglican Church of Canada made two decisions by majority vote that challenge the foundational beliefs that we have at St. Aidan's. The first is a motion declaring adult same sex relationships as being holy. Our problem is simply that such a statement implies that the moral exhortations in Scripture encouraging holy living are declared by the Church to be in error. We cannot agree.
2. CHANGES TO THE MARRIAGE CANON (CANON XXI)
The second is a dilution of the standards surrounding Christian marriage. We believe that marriage is a gift from God, and we receive the gift by coming in repentance and faith into His presence. The Anglican Church of Canada has removed the requirement of application for remarriage in the Church, and allows for marriages outside the Church building. At St. Aidan's, in order to uphold our biblical understanding of marriage, we have instituted our own pastoral procedures for re-marriage, and insisted on the Church as being the place where marriage ceremonies will be held.