The Affirmation of St. Louis is the founding document of the Continuing Anglican Movement churches. It was first presented to the Congress of Saint Louis, the 1977 meeting of former members of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America and the Anglican Church of Canada who approved the creation of a new Anglican church for the United States and Canada. The delegates also accepted the Affirmation by acclamation. Although it was not put to a vote at the Congress, most Continuing Anglican churches nevertheless consider it to be an official statement of their faith. These Continuing Anglican churches consider themselves to be the legitimate replacements for those Anglican churches which, in their view, broke with Apostolic order by authorizing the ordination of women priests.
The Affirmation has several general tenets:
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