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ACNS3273 Canadian Primate speaks out on Iraq

From "Anglican Communion News Service" <>
Date Wed, 22 Jan 2003 22:49:26 -0000

ACNS 3273     |     CANADA     |     22 JANUARY 2003

Canadian Primate speaks out on Iraq

[The Anglican Church of Canada] A US invasion of Iraq at this time would
fail to meet any of the theological tests by which war can be justified,
Archbishop Michael Peers, the Canadian Anglican Primate, says in a letter to
church members.

The Unites States, Archbishop Peers says, has "introduced a new and perilous
set of criteria, justifying an invasion of Iraq based on the American desire
for a 'regime change' and as a hedge against the possibility of damage to
the American economy should Iraq attack the Unites States."

While many Anglicans may not accept all of the principles the church applies
to decide if a war is just, he adds, these principles "provide more than
enough reasons to oppose this war."

Archbishop Peers notes in his letter that in opposing a US war on Iraq, the
Anglican Church of Canada joins many other churches and religious
organisations, including the Canadian and World Councils of Churches, the US
Episcopal House of Bishops and the Archbishop of Canterbury.

He invites Canadian Anglicans to participate "in the international and
ecumenical consensus opposing an invasion of Iraq."

The full text of Archbishop Peers' statement to Canadian Anglicans may be
found at:

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