TAC Archbishop Seeks Support from Members following Resignation Request From ACA Bishops
[The following is a memo leaked to VOL]
October 7, 2011
I believe most of you are aware that our Primate suffered abuse when a young seminarian. The Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide was informed some 4 years ago, however the process that began as affirming of Archbishop Hepworth remains unresolved.
This is traumatic for the Archbishop and is not helpful to our own quest for unity. Therefore the Archbishop released a statement to the media two weeks ago. The last two weeks have been very difficult but we remain hopeful that a satisfactory outcome is achievable.
Of course, it is difficult to keep such matters contained and inevitably this has become global news. A few of our bishops are not of a mind, at this time, to proceed with unity and have written a letter to the Primate suggesting he should resign. A copy of this letter is enclosed for your information.
I have attached a statement of support for our Primate that I would like to release to the Press. A return email to myself or Bishop Harry Entwistle confirming your support will enable me to legitimately attach your names to this statement.
I would ask if you could reply as a matter of urgency as the American letter has been leaked (by ACCOP's) around the world and a response from the TAC is urgent.
Chairman Professional Standards Board
The Anglican Catholic Church in Australia
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