In recent months, many have written to ask, "By what right do you as presiding bishop speak on behalf of this church?" Usually the question is asked in relation to statements I have made about the war with Iraq or other public issues.
Thank you for raising an issue critical to me and to the whole baptized people of God. It is a great responsibility to speak publicly as presiding bishop of this church. I do so only by virtue of the authority and responsibility you as members of this church have given me through your call to serve as presiding bishop.
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