Bishop of Missouri responds to the Canterbury primates communique

The requirements that the Anglican primates set for The Episcopal Church this week will bring pain to many of us, as our Presiding Bishop has noted. The most important sentence in the primates’ communique, however, is ‘It is our unanimous desire to walk together.’ I cannot recall any previous unanimity among the primates around issues of human sexuality. And if sanctions help provide a space through which our Communion and its leaders can seek reconciliation, then so be it. Even so, the Episcopal Church has acted in good faith and pastoral generosity for brothers and sisters whom we cherish. I stand by our decision.

Bishop Wayne Smith
Diocese of Missouri

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