Andrew Hutchison

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Andrew Sandford Hutchison
Primate Emeritus of the Anglican Church of Canada
ChurchAnglican Church of Canada
In office2004–2007
PredecessorMichael Peers
SuccessorFred Hiltz
Personal details
Born (1937-09-18) 18 September 1937 (age 81)
Toronto, Ontario
Previous postArchbishop of Montreal and Metropolitan of the Ecclesiastical Province of Canada
Bishop Ordinary to the Canadian Forces

Andrew Sandford Hutchison (born 18 September 1937 in Toronto) 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, despite its name, covers southern Quebec, the Maritimes, and Newfoundland). He was viewed as one of the more liberal contenders in the primatial election, and was Canadian Chair of Affirming Catholicism.[1]

He was elected amid controversy over his support for blessing of same-sex unions (he had stated he does not favour same-sex marriage as such).

Hutchison began his ecclesiastical career as a transitional deacon at Christ Church Deer Park in the Diocese of Toronto. He is a graduate and lifelong supporter of Upper Canada College. He studied at York University and the Trinity College, Toronto. Hutchison is fluent in English and French.

Following his confirmation as Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, Hutchison toured Cuba in February 2005, meeting with religious leaders of the Episcopal Church of Cuba and theology students in Cuba, as well as government officials and the Roman Catholic Archbishop.

Hutchison delivered a response in late 2005 to the call for the destruction of Israel by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, condemning Ahmadinejad for his remarks which incite "hatred of the Jewish people and supporting violence against them."

During the 2006 Canadian federal election, Hutchison co-authored a letter with the Bishop of Toronto and Bishop Michael Pryse of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada's Eastern Synod in delivering a plea for more funding to alleviate poverty in Canada.

In April 2006, Hutchison announced that he would be retiring in 2007, just after the General Synod elected his successor as well as attaining the retirement age for Anglican clergy (between 65–70 years of age), as he reached his 70th birthday that year.

He was replaced by Fred Hiltz, the Bishop of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, who was elected Primate on 22 June 2007.

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  1. ^ "General Synod 2004". Retrieved 23 November 2010.

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Anglican Communion titles
Preceded by
Reginald Hollis
Bishop of Montreal
Succeeded by
Barry Bryan Clarke
Preceded by
Russell Hatton
Bishop Ordinary to the Canadian Forces
Succeeded by
Peter Coffin
Preceded by
Arthur Gordon Peters
Metropolitan of Canada
Succeeded by
Bruce Stavert
Preceded by
Michael Peers
Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada
Succeeded by
Fred Hiltz