Monday, March 19, 2012 | Categories: Episodes
Three of The Current
Reconciliation and forgiveness in the Anglican Church of Canada
If the sound of organ music sounds particularly uplifting, it may be because it puts an end to a time of turmoil for the Anglican church in Toronto. Yesterday, the Church of the Holy Trinity held a service of reconciliation. Some three hundred people filled the pews to hear the two clergymen at the heart of a case that scandalized the Church twenty years ago.
In 1992, Reverend James Ferry was fired from his position as an Anglican priest after he refused to end his same-sex relationship. The case received international attention and exposed a deep rift within the church over its position on homosexuality.
Archbishop Terence Finlay was the leader of the Toronto church at the time Ferry was dismissed. Yesterday, standing next to James Ferry, he apologized and asked for forgiveness.
You were outed to the congregation. Put on public trial in a bishops court for disobedience, and your license removed until recently. Jim I deeply regret the sufferance these actions have caused you and your family and so many many people. I acknowledge that this has brought you much pain and I am truly sorry.
And then James Ferry offered his response:
Terry I thank you for your heartfelt apology today. I acknowledge that it comes with real pain and regret. And I pray that this moment of grace will begin a time of healing and restoration of relationship for you and me and for everyone who witnesses our peace making today (extended applause)
Both men hope their personal reconciliation will be a game changing moment for the church as it strives toward a more inclusive policy for gays and lesbians. Reverend James Ferry and Bishop Terence Finlay were both in our Toronto Studio.
This segment was produced by The Current's Josh Bloch.
Artist: Yann Tiersen
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Last Word - John Oliver Promo
Coming up tomorrow at 9:00 o'clock on CBC television, comedian John Oliver hosts a Just for Laughs special on the future of the United States. Oliver is well known for his frequently scathing satire on The Daily Show. Tomorrow he'll be tackling the subject of The Decline of the American Empire. So for today's Last Word, producer Kathleen Goldhar asked Oliver whether Americans actually think they're slipping from their perch at the top of the world.
Other segments from today's show: