A priest from the Anglican Catholic Church of Australia (ACCA), and definitely not any name those on blogs would recognize as familiar, sent me the following information, but wishes to remain anonymous, so I will call him Silent Majority Member #2.
On 27 July, Archbishop Hepworth tended his resignation as Diocesan, and the entire management team resigned with him. The response from Bp Robarts was [to] backdate his resignation to the time of his “suspension” by the [TAC] COB [College of Bishops]. He then followed this up by purporting to suspend his licence to act as a priest in the ACCA.
I think it is fair to say that the ACCA is now a spent force. Most of the active priests are expected to move into the Ordinariate over the next few months, with most in place by early next year.
Since the end of July, there has been no correspondence to any of the clergy in Australia, at least, nothing has come to me.
I expect that the “dirt” that is being referred to, is going to be an announcement that the ACCA has no money and that Archbishop Hepworth was responsible for spending it all. This would be a distortion of the truth, as the ACCA is owed close to $300,000 by the COB because the Australian Church has virtually funded all of the activities of the Primacy since Archbishop Hepworth was elected. The only other serious contributor was the Canadian Church [the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada ACCC]. There is a letter from the finance committee of the COB acknowledging the debt, but I have no doubt that it will never be repaid.
Don’t forget that there is an element that are unhappy with the publication of claims by Archbishop Hepworth of abuse as a young man. This is what is driving a lot of the action here in Australian against him, and they are simply using “financial impropriety” as the reason for his “suspension”.
There has never been a list of charges published against him, despite many requests.
I had also heard that Archbishop Hepworth had resigned from the ACCA from another source. Whatever he is doing, I wish him all the best.
It is good news for those of us from a pro-Ordinariate perspective that, if SMM2 is accurate, most of the active ACCA clergy (and their parishes, I hope) are Ordinariate-bound.
If there is still an ACCA remaining, who is in charge now that Hepworth has resigned as diocesan?
Is the ACCA still part of the new Traditional Anglican Communion? I have heard conflicting information on this. One is the ACCA held a Synod some time early summer(?) and decided to disaffiliate from the TAC. Is this true? Is that why it is not listed on the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada (ACCC) website?
However, I have not heard any information about what resolutions were passed at this Synod, who was there, or what happened.
Here is what I hope: that there will be an amicable parting of the ways as there seems to have been here in Canada and all the squabbling and fighting will end. I hope what remains of the TAC is able to gather up Continuing Anglicans or affiliate like-minded groups and determine a new course for itself that now seems to exclude the Rome option. Or does it?
I am grateful for my time in the TAC and many friends I met at Synods or corresponded with remain within it. I wish them well, too, and I hope that maybe, if we can get this Ordinariate ship shape and comfy and appealingly Anglican while safely in communion with the Bishop of Rome, they might reconsider and come join us. In the meantime, I expect they will still be doing what they have always done: preaching the Gospel and worshiping the Lord in a distinctly Anglican and beautiful way.