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Welby extends warm hand to ACNA priest

17 January 2014

TRURO ANGLICAN CHURCH

THE Archbishop of Canterbury has appointed a priest from a Continuing Church, the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA), to an honorary position in Canterbury Cathedral.

The Revd Dr Tory Baucum, Rector of Truro Church in Fairfax, Virginia, will be installed in March as one of the Six Preachers - a post created by Thomas Cranmer in 1541 to give greater prominence to preaching.

During his five-year appointment, Dr Baucum will be expected to preach in the cathedral on specific occasions.

Truro Church seceded from the diocese of Virginia and the US Episcopal Church in 2006. Dr Baucum became Rector a year later, and was involved in extensive litigation over property rights. Despite their theological and legal differences, Dr Baucum and the Episcopal Bishop of Virginia, the Rt Revd Shannon Johnston, became friends, and a settlement was reached, although Truro remains a part of ACNA.

"The close friendship he has forged with Bishop Shannon Johnston, despite their immensely different views, sets a pattern of reconciliation based on integrity and transparency," Archbishop Welby said. "Such patterns of life are essential to the future of the Communion. I hope and pray that Tory's presence as one of the Six Preachers will play a part in promoting reconciliation and unity amongst us."

Dr Baucum said that he was "deeply moved by the honour bestowed upon ACNA and especially the congregation of Truro Church".

"I am devoted to Archbishop Welby's vision for the Anglican Communion, and I hope this appointment might help, in some small way, translate that vision into reality." A number of Anglican provinces are in full communion with ACNA, although it is not formally recognised.

 

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