In your September issue (Church defends sanctuary) you reported that Archbishop Andrew Hutchison Andrew Sandford Hutchison L.Th., D.D, D.C.L. (h.c.) (born in Toronto in 1938), is a retired Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada. Prior to his election at the General Synod of 2004, he was the bishop of Montreal and metropolitan of the ecclesiastical province of Canada (which, "joined Canadian church leaders in defending the church's time-honoured and biblically-rooted tradition of providing sanctuary to refugees facing deportation deportation, expulsion of an alien from a country by an act of its government. The term is not applied ordinarily to sending a national into exile or to committing one convicted of crime to an overseas penal colony (historically called transportation). ." Archbishop Hutchison either misunderstood or misrepresented the church's tradition.
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church notes that ecclesiastical sanctuary "had developed out of the usage that a criminal who had taken refuge in a church might not be removed from it, but was allowed to take an oath of abjuration an oath asserting the right of the present royal family to the crown of England, and expressly abjuring allegiance to the descendants of the Pretender.
- Brande & C.
See also: Abjuration before the coroner and proceed to a seaport appointed by the latter. If within 40 days he refused to adopt this procedure, he might be forcibly forc·i·ble
1. Effected against resistance through the use of force: The police used forcible restraint in order to subdue the assailant.
2. Characterized by force; powerful. extricated ex·tri·cate
tr.v. ex·tri·cat·ed, ex·tri·cat·ing, ex·tri·cates
1. To release from an entanglement or difficulty; disengage.
2. Archaic To distinguish from something related. for justice." Sanctuary in the Anglican tradition provided for deportation as an alternative to jail or something worse. It certainly was not intended to avoid deportation.
Barry F. H. Graham