Archbishop Fred Hiltz, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, says that although he is saddened by the unnecessary decision made by a small number of parishes to leave the Anglican Church of Canada, the Canadian Church as a whole remains vibrant and united in its witness to the Gospel message.
The very fact that the matter has come before the courts is evidence that exactly the opposite is true. The lawsuits by the diocese of Niagara, and any future ones that may be initiated by others, is spectacularly UNchristian. They demonstrate that the witness to the Gospel has been severely damaged. The opposite of vibrant is dead and these actions are killing it.
How can anyone who names the name of Christ possibly think that launching lawsuits against fellow Christians does anything but spit in the face of the One who said,
"By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."