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TAC Bishops oust Hepworth

08 March 2012

by a staff reporter

THE Primate of the Traditional Anglican Communion (TAC), Arch­bishop John Hepworth, has been removed from his post with immediate effect.

The majority of the TAC College of Bishops met in Johannesburg last week, and resolved unanimously “that he cease to hold the office of Primate immediately”.

Archbishop Hepworth fell out with the College of Bishops as he tried to take the TAC into the Roman Catholic Church, and said that he would resign on Easter Day. Last month, he issued a letter accusing the College of bullying and schism (News, 10 February). The former Primate had hoped to enter an Ordinariate as a priest. He has been told, however, that, as a former Roman Catholic priest who left the Church in the 1960s to become an Anglican, he could rejoin only as a lay person.

A statement issued by the College of Bishops after the meeting last week said that it had agreed to stay “fully Anglican”.

The statement said: “While it receives, with thanks, the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coet­ibus from the Holy See, the TAC College of Bishops has voted as a Communion to decline the invita­tion.”

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