South American diocese withdraws from the FCE

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Statement from the Synod of the Diocese of South America of the Free Church of England

At the Extraordinary Synod that took place yesterday, May 5, 2021, the Synod of the Diocese of South America unanimously approved a motion and resolution to leave the Free Church of England.

The decision was not easy; however, recent events have left the South American Diocese with no other option. The Synod has a total loss of confidence in the leadership of the FCE. The inertia towards our complaints, the lack of answers about our statements, and Bishop John Fenwick becoming our new bishop when we have declared in impaired communion have created an impossible situation to remain in the Free Church of England.

We cannot remain complicit in the abuses of power committed by Bishop John Fenwick’s leadership, the misconduct, the lack of transparency, and the disrespect for this church’s canons, doctrine, and worship. It has caused so much pain and resentment in the South American Diocese, reiterate our unanimous decision to leave the Free Church of England.

Our prayers and support go to our beloved brother and bishop, the Rt Rev Josep M Rossello-Ferrer, that has served the diocese faithfully and sacrificially for twelve years.

South American Diocese