Church of India files legal challenge against Archbishop Justin Welby

Sep 3, 2019 by

by Jules Gomes, Rebel Priest:

The Church of India has served the Archbishop of Canterbury with a legal notice accusing him of “misquoting facts and making fictitious statements.”

It further asks Archbishop Justin Welby to “refrain from making any illegal comments” or promoting “felonious causes during his present visit” to six cities “in India and thereafter.”

The notice issued on behalf of the Most Reverend John Augustine, Bishop of Lucknow and Metropolitan of the Church of India (CIPBC) on Sunday, charges Welby with making a “factually incorrect declaration” at the Primates’ meeting in 2018 by declaring the Church of South India (CSI) and Church of North India (CNI) to be the “only legitimate successors of the Church of England in India.”

The archbishop “failed to consider the fact that the communion between the Church of England and the Church of England in India ceased to exist back in 1927 itself, and therefore, there can be no successors to the same,” the notice asserts.

The notice cites the Indian Church Measure 1927 and the Indian Church Act 1927 which brought about the legal dissolution of the union between the Church of England and the Church of England in India and notes that the latter was succeeded by the “Indian Church commonly known as Church of India, Pakistan, Burma and Ceylon” (CIPBC).

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