Essentially, while commending the good intent of the two CMS bishops, the council affirmed the nature of the Anglican Church as episcopal in keeping with the Lambeth Quadrilateral and ruled out any scheme of reunion that did not take its episcopal character into account.
The four guiding principles of the Lambeth Quadrilateral can be found at www.
The 1888 Lambeth Quadrilateral had laid down as one of the four foundations of Anglicanism, "the Historic Episcopate, locally adapted in the methods of its administration to the varying needs of the nations and peoples called of God into the unity of his Church.
The Anglican Church of Canada has not turned away, either from those provinces whose leadership is visibly distressed by the divergence apparent in the current conflict, or from the Lambeth Quadrilateral
He added, "The Lambeth quadrilateral
of scripture, creeds, sacraments and historic episcopate are no longer sufficient credentials for being an Anglican.
As stated in the Lambeth Quadrilateral
(1888), Anglicans hold to four pillars of faith and practice as essential for church unity: scripture; the Apostles' and Nicene Creeds; baptism and Eucharist; and the historic episcopate.
At Grindelwald, however, the Lambeth Quadrilateral became what it was meant to be--a starting point for discussing the union of Protestantism.
He thought Nonconformists should first define their concept of church in the same manner that the Lambeth Quadrilateral had for Anglicans.
16) As before, the conference reaffirmed the Lambeth Quadrilateral as the basis for union, with particular emphasis put on the fourth point, the historical episcopate.
The Lambeth Quadrilateral (1888) states that acceptance of the following articles supplies a basis for union: the Scriptures, the Apostles' and Nicene Creeds, the sacraments of baptism and communion, and the historic episcopate.
It is important to see this dialogue as a response to the Lambeth Quadrilateral
, the 1998 Lambeth Conference, and the actions of our General Convention," said Bishop John Lipscomb of the Diocese of Southwest Florida, the Episcopal co-chair.
Central to the discussion at Oporto was the clear statement that a province only excludes itself from the Anglican Communion by public and formal rejection of the so-called Lambeth Quadrilateral
, adopted in 1888.