Media release: Please recognise Anglicans, Primate appeals to Egypt

Archbishop Freier in his role as Anglican Primate of Australia has written to the Egyptian Ambassador.

November 5 2016The Anglican Primate of Australia, Melbourne Archbishop Philip Freier, has written to the Egyptian Ambassador asking the Government of Egypt to recognise the Anglican Church there as an independent denomination.

A recent court decision in Cairo found that the Anglican Church of Egypt came under the umbrella of the Evangelical Church Association, a Presbyterian organisation.

Dr Freier said his interactions with the Episcopal/Anglican Church of Egypt clearly showed it was an independent and self-governing church, and the court action was disturbing.

“Therefore, my sadness and concern at the unusual and unexpected court judgment issued in June of this year which ruled that the Episcopal/Anglican Church of Egypt is dependent upon the Evangelical Church Association. This is neither my experience nor my understanding,” Dr Freier wrote to the ambassador, Mr Mohamed Khairat Mahmoud Kairat.

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