New election law

Published April 1, 2010

The next time the bishop of the diocese of British Columbia resigns, the diocese may not elect a new one. At its biennial synod Mar. 6 to 7, the diocese changed its canon (church law). Now, the viability of the diocese must be determined before a bishop can be elected. If the diocese is not viable, a bishop from another diocese can be called to step in. “Is it possible to have a synod without a bishop?” asked the Rev. Ian Powell of Christ Church Cathedral before the new canon was passed. “Yes, it is, I believe so,” replied the diocesan bishop of B.C., James Cowan.


  • Neale Adams

    Neale Adams is a freelance writer in Vancouver. He was former editor of Topic, the newspaper of the diocese of New Westminster.

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