This is, perhaps, the best news to come from North of the Border in quite a while. Michael Ingham, apostate bishop of the Diocese of New Westminster, is calling it quits. Read his official letter of resignation here.
For those of you unfamiliar with this onerous character, Bishop Ingham has been an outspoken proponent of same sex "marriage" and has never hesitated to persecute anyone and everyone who disagrees with his enlightened interpretation of what it means to be an open-minded, tolerant "Christian." Once, in a fit of pique after the largest parish in Canada voted for alternate oversight, he went so far as to threaten one of Anglicanism's most prominent contemporary theologians.
Prominent theologian and Christianity Today senior editor J. I. Packer has made no secret of his break with the Anglican Church of Canada's Diocese of New Westminster. More than five years ago, he wrote a Christianity Today article explaining why he left the diocese.Such behavior is typical of the bullying tactics employed all too often by episcopal leaders of dying provinces in the U.S. and Canada. Ingham's retirement is no loss to the Anglican Communion. On the down side, his successor, in all likelihood, will not be much of an improvement.
The story has developed a bit since then. Earlier this month, his Vancouver church, the largest Anglican congregation in Canada, voted to leave the Anglican Church of Canada to join the Province of the Southern Cone, which is based in Argentina.
Now New Westminster Bishop Michael Ingham has sent Packer and seven other clergy members a "notice of presumption of abandonment of the exercise of ministry." He says he wants them to declare "whether they have left the ministry of the Anglican Church of Canada, and if they are seeking admission into another religious body outside Canada."