Canada-Cuba Ties Will Remain

Primate Fred Hiltz and Bishop Griselda Delgado del Carpio in February 2016 • Anglican Journal
Primate Fred Hiltz and Bishop Griselda Delgado del Carpio in February 2016 • Anglican Journal

Tali Folkins writes for Anglican Journal in Toronto:

The Anglican Church of Canada will continue to have some sort of a relationship with the church in Cuba even if—as appears likely—it becomes a diocese of the U.S.-based Episcopal Church (TEC), says Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada.

TEC’s General Convention is expected to vote this July on a resolution to reintegrate the Episcopal Church in Cuba after the Cuban church voted to return to TEC three years ago. The resolution, drafted by a task force on reintegration set up by TEC and composed of members both of the Episcopal and the Cuban church, seems likely to pass, Hiltz said in an interview Monday, March 5.

“I think all the indicators are that the task force … are supporting—and wholeheartedly supporting—the reintegration, and the resolution that they’ve drafted, which has several parts, speaks very clearly of wanting to move ahead with this,” said Hiltz, who attended the Cuban church’s annual synod February 23-25. “Like any resolution, there’s never a guarantee that it’s going to pass; I’m anticipating it will pass.”

In the meantime, TEC has already been taking measures to prepare for the possible return to it of the Cuban church, Hiltz said. There’s discussion, for example, within TEC on providing financial assistance to the Cuban church in the form of “block grants,” which the U.S.-based church provides to dioceses in need. TEC is also planning to put together a working group tasked with “seeing the transition through as smoothly and effectively as possible,” he said.

… Still, Hiltz said, no matter what decision is made about the Episcopal Church in Cuba this summer, some connection with the Anglican Church of Canada will remain.

“There will always be a relationship between our church and Cuba,” he said.

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