THE BISHOP of Trinidad & Tobago, the Rt Revd Calvin Bess, has cancelled
an arranged visit to the island later this month by the Bishop of Chelmsford,
the Rt Revd John Gladwin.
Bishop Gladwin was one of six senior bishops who wrote a letter to
The Times on 7 March declaring themselves “in full sacramental
communion” with the Churches of North America.
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In a short note to Bishop Gladwin at the weekend, expanded more fully in the
Trinidad and Tobago Express on Sunday, Bishop Bess said: “The Church in the
province of the West Indies has made its position on this issue very clear, and
has described its relationship with the Churches of Canada and the United
States as impaired.” He suggested that the C of E could not be in communion
with both the West Indies and the American and Canadian provinces.
Chelmsford’s diocesan link with Trinidad & Tobago goes back 20 years.
Bishop Gladwin’s chaplain, the Revd Chris Newlands, went to the Caribbean in
Bishop Gladwin, who was to have preached on the feast of Corpus Christi,
said he was very sorry to hear the invitation had been withdrawn