Church grapples with pain after marriage canon vote—with new developments possible

“Our children are crying.”

That was how Primate Fred Hiltz—paraphrasing the observation of delegate Michael Chartrand—described the pain in the room following the failure of the 42nd General Synod to pass a resolution amending the marriage canon, which would have allowed for the solemnization of same-sex marriage.

General Synod passes justice resolutions, receives apology at July 13 session

General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada passed four resolutions on the evening of July 13, following presentations from Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF), the Anglican Foundation of Canada and the Council of the North. The subject of the previous day’s vote on same-sex marriage also briefly returned to the floor.