A group of bishops, including two from the Diocese of the Arctic, are “publicly dissenting” the dramatic results of a vote to allow members of the Anglican Church of Canada to perform same-sex marriages.

Last week, initial results showed the resolution failed by a single vote, but a subsequent recount showed a dramatic reversal.

Seven bishops from Nunavut, the Northwest Territories, Yukon, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario say they are concerned the result is “a fundamental departure from the faith and teaching held by the majority of the Anglican communion.”

“We believe that our General Synod has erred grievously,” the bishops wrote in a statement.

They criticized the process, saying it “has been flawed and has inflicted terrible hurt and damage on all involved.”  CONTINUE READING