The Traditional Anglican Church in Britain (TAC) has a new website. This is a happy development, and I look forward to seeing this site completed and refined, as it surely will be. My congratulations to the web designer and to Canon Ian Gray, our Vicar General.
Just a raised eyebrow when reading the “contact” page. Other pages of the site are lifted verbatim from the old site.
The Presiding Bishop was until Easter Archbishop John Hepworth of the Anglican Catholic Church in Australia. There is now no Presiding Bishop; opinions vary on whether there is an Acting Presiding Bishop.
These are the words from Fr Michael Gray (not Canon Ian Gray the present Vicar General) who ran the old web site (I have a copy of it on my hard disk) and who has now left the TTAC. According to a letter I received from Archbishop Prakash informing me of my own canonical situation, the TTAC is under the jurisdiction of Bishop Craig Botterill of Canada, so the TTAC would recognise Archbishop Prakash to be the Acting Primate.
It seems that the former TAC site, the “Messenger” is not being updated. Opinions vary as to the authority of a new site.
Fr Owen Buckton was running the Messenger and was until a few days ago the Vicar General in Australia. He is believed still to be a priest in the ACCA. There is no word of a new Australian web site.
In Great Britain (Ireland has a separate church), the Episcopal Visitor was Bishop David Moyer. He has ceased to act. Opinions vary as to whether he has been replaced.
This is very definitely from the old site, and no mention is made of Bishop Botterill. I have documentary evidence (pdf’s of letters from Archbishop Prakash and e-mails from Bishop Botterill and Canon Gray) that the TTAC recognises itself as being under Bishop Botterill’s jurisdiction as Episcopal Visitor.
As I said, the site needs to be completed and refined, and not merely be a cosmetic remake of the old site. There is still work to be done, supposedly after a good meeting of the Vicar General, the new area Deans and the person doing the web site. Over to them…
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There is, however, another possible conjecture, that the TTAC does not recognise itself as part of the TAC as led by Archbishop Prakash, and would be waiting for the possibility of membership in another Church body. In that case, the new web site might seem to be the prelude to such a move. That is only a guess on my part and I may be completely wrong even to think of such a possibility.