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Friday, November 5, 2010

Bp. Tito Zavala elected Primate, The Southern Cone

Bp. Tito Zavala elected Primate, The Southern Cone
November 5th, 2010

From Anglicans United

[Ed. Note: Canon Kenneth Kearon of the Communion office in London recently removed Bp. Zavala from the international committee on faith and order because he did not receive a response to the Archbishop of Canterbury's Pentecost letter. In that letter, the Province of the Southern Cone was ask if they changed their Constitution and Canons to allow them to take parishes/diocese in other provinces "under their protection." This House of Bishop's meeting is expected to respond to that letter. We will watch for the results. Re: Bishop Zavala, the province has been moving for 20 years towards the ordination of South Americans. Bishop Zavala is one of the first ordained and will be a terrific Archbishop for this province. South America has made great strides in turning the church over from Brits in leadership to indigenous men and women. It has been an exciting process to watch. Cheryl M. Wetzel]


From Bishop Frank Lyons

November 4, 2010

The tenth Synod of the Province of the Southern Cone of America, meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 1-5 November, 2010, has elected Bishop Hector “Tito” Zavala of Chile as its next Primate replacing Bishop Gregory Venables.

Bishop Zavala becomes the province’s first Primate of Chilean extraction. The role of Primate is a three year renewable term in the Cone. Bishop Venables is not retiring, but will maintain his present position as Bishop of Argentina and Northern Argentina.

In another closely followed vote, the possibility of allowing women’s ordination to the priesthood in those dioceses that so affirmed to move ahead (local option) was turned down by the house of clergy; the other two houses voted in favor. [This simply means that local option on this issue has been maintained. The national canons will not be changed. C Wetzel]

The Province of the Southern Cone comprises the seven dioceses of Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Northern Argentina, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay.

—-Bishop Frank Lyons is the Bishop of Bolivia

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