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Published by: Fr Stephen Smuts on Dec 14, 2011
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 mandated by the signatories of the petition to Archbishop John HepworthDecember 14, 2011There has been undue speculation, comment and deliberate misinformation in the press with regardto a recent vote taken after much prayer and deliberation by the Bishops with jurisdiction serving theTraditional Anglican Communion. The indiscretion of this exposé is regrettable.In order that the facts be placed before you, the following sets out the details: A ballot paper was sent to all (32) Bishops and Vicars General
eligible to vote
in the College of Bishops of the Traditional Anglican Communion. Retired Bishops and Bishops outside of the TAC werenot included in the process.
The afore mentioned poll was conducted in response to the Archbishop’s
press release when he intimated the intention to resign only at Pentecost 2012. The relevantcorrespondence had also been sent to Archbishop John Hepworth in his capacity as Bishop Ordinaryfor Australia. Those participating included serving Bishops who have submitted dossiers to Romeunder the provisions of the document known as
 Anglicanorum Coetibus.
In addition a subsequent private and personal letter had been forwarded to the Archbishop informinghim of the outcome of the poll for his consideration and reply thereto. There was no need to involvethe Secretariat.The results were as follows:1.
3 Bishops / Vicars General (three) did not respond at all.2.
6 Bishops / Vicars General (six) indicated that they wished to abstain, but nonethelesscondoned in private the necessity for Archbishop Hepworth to relinquish control of the TAC.3.
2 (two) E-mails were returned as undelivered.4.
21 Bishops / Vicars General (twenty one) voted in favour of the necessary steps being takenby Archbishop Prakash, in his capacity as senior serving member of the College of Bishops, tocall an extraordinary meeting of the College of Bishops with the objective to,
inter alia 
,remove Archbishop John Hepworth as the Primate of the TAC, should he not voluntarily andunconditionally step down from Office on or before midnight (EST) on 13 December 2011.

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