Bishop not wanted in Caribbean

02 November 2006

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. News 18 March

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 February.

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who was to have preached on the feast of Corpus Christi, said he was very sorry to hear the invitation had been withdrawn

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