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In the Canadian diocese of Niagara, Bishop Michael Bird, who succeeded Bishop Ralph Spence on March 1, in a letter to clergy dated Feb. 7, noted that at least one parish (which he did not identify) has called a meeting "to consider leaving our diocesan family and the Anglican Church of Canada.".

* In the Canadian diocese of Niagara, Bishop Michael Bird, who succeeded Bishop Ralph Spence on March 1, in a letter to clergy dated Feb. 7, noted that at least one parish (which he did not identify) has called a meeting "to consider leaving our diocesan family and the Anglican Church of Canada." He said the bishop and the diocese "have a role to play in that debate and need to be represented" at any such meeting He also said the possibility of separation "causes me immense sadness," since the church has shown "that while we sometimes find ourselves disagreeing with each other, we have the capacity to remain one family in Christ."

In December, the, diocese filed legal notices of unregistered interest" on the properties of six churches in order "to protect the property of the diocese," said Bishop Spence in an interview. Robert Welch, chancellor (legal counsel) of the diocese, said the document "puts anybody who would look at the title on notice that some party claims an interest in that property." Three of the churches are members of the Anglican Network in Canada, a group of 17 churches in five dioceses that are, according to the Web Site, in "serious theological dispute with their bishop" and considering whether they can remain in the Canadian church.
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