(15) But Willis ruled out the possibility of a minister who was not episcopally ordained offering the sacrament in an Anglican church, for that would be against the principles laid down in the Lambeth Quadrilateral. (16) The controversial possibility that Anglicans would receive communion in non-Anglican churches from clergy who were not episcopally ordained was not addressed specifically but was implicitly approved by the agreement that the sacraments would be offered by clergy of the denomination active in the relevant area.
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.
(16.) The four guiding principles of the Lambeth Quadrilateral can be found at www.anglican.ca/about/beliefs/lambeth-quadrilateral.
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
. And we have not turned away from those among us whose lives of commitment we experience as vessels of Gods blessing.
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.
Charles Berry rejoined by proposing a conference in England of official church representatives to examine the controversial fourth clause of the Lambeth Quadrilateral
and thresh out a common doctrine of church and ministry(52) Sounding more like Hugh Price Hughes, he declared that he was "more concerned than when he first came to Grindelwald that some agreement on Church and State be reached."
(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.