SYDNEY Con-Evos Protest at Gay Appointment in Gippsland


Sydney Star Observer reports of a spat between The Sydney Anglican Church League and Anglicans over the appointment of an openly gay priest

Sydney Star Observer reports of an interstate spat that has erupted between Anglicans, when David Ould expressed outrageat a gay Anglican priest being appointed to a parish. The situation escalated when the Sydney-based evangelical Anglican Church League (ACL) attacked the Diocese of Gippsland in Victoria, calling for the priest’s resignation.

The ACL called on Gippsland Bishop John McIntyre on February 12 to rescind the appointment of the Reverend David Head as Hayfield parish priest, calling the decision “dismaying”.

The ACL claimed the appointment conflicted with a resolution made at the Anglican Communion’s 1998 Lambeth Conference and the views of the General Synod of the Australian church.

“Appointments like this put unwanted strain and tension upon relationships between the various dioceses of the Anglican Church of Australia. It also contributes to the fragmentation of the Anglican Communion,” the ACL statement read.

However, McIntyre told the Star Observer that Head’s appointment was not in breach of the Lambeth ruling or the General Synod, neither of which condone the ordination of gay clergy, because he hadn’t ordained Head.

“I have not ordained anyone ‘involved in same gender unions’ to quote the [Lambeth] motion,” McIntyre told the Star Observer. “I have appointed a priest in good standing from the Diocese of Melbourne to a position in the Diocese of Gippsland.

“He was ordained over 30 years ago, has exercised good and faithful ministry in that diocese up until January this year, and he fulfils all the current criteria to be determined canonically fit to be licensed in an Anglican diocese anywhere in the world.

“The same can be said in relation to the suggestion I have ignored the advice of the resolution of General Synod 2004 which states ‘this general Synod does not condone the ordination of people in open committed same sex relationships’. I have not done that.”

McIntyre said his diocese never asked about the sexuality of clergy before ordaining or appointing them.

“Accordingly, I did not ask that question of David before appointing him. He was appointed by me on the request of the people of the parish in which he now serves because they believed his ministry experience and gifts made him the right priest for the job, and they believed him to be called by God to that ministry, as do I.”

McIntyre said he took Lambeth Resolution 1.10 very seriously as it also calls on Anglicans to condemn homophobia, minister sensitively to homosexual people, and assure that homosexual people know they are loved by God.

Sydney Archbishop Peter Jensen is the vice-president of the ACL and leads the global faction within the Anglican Communion which has threatened to split the church over the issue of homosexuality.

Sydney Diocesan anti-gay activist David Ould – of the fundamentalist ‘Anglican Church League’ in Sydney-  recently protested publicly about the appointment of an openly gay priest to work in a Giipland Diocesan parish that actually requested his ministry.
This interference from the notably homophobic A.C.L. had been roundly rejected by the Bishop of Gippsland, on perfectly logical grounds – indicating that Mr. Ould (and his Sydney co-members of A.C.L.) ought really to be concentrating on its own affairs in the Archdiocese of Sydney, which contains the largest and most active LGBTQ community in Australia – and maybe the Western world.
The missionary attempts by the Sydney Diocese,  to outlaw the LGBTQ community from the Church in Australia, must prove a grave disincentive for any self-respecting Gay person to continue to suffer the discrimination so actively embraced by what purports to be an agency of the Love of Christ at work towards  those on the margins of the Church. A.C.L.’s complete disregard for the eirenic message of Lambeth: of Christian  tolerance towards Gays in the Church, cannot but encourage the Gay community into an ethos of disrespect for Anglicanism – not only  in Sydney, but throughout Australia.  
Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand

About kiwianglo

Retired Anglican priest, living in Christchurch, New Zealand. Ardent supporter of LGBT Community, and blogger on 'Thinking Anglicans UK' site. Theology: liberal, Anglo-Catholic & traditional. regarding each person as a unique expression of Christ, and therefore lovable.
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2 Responses to SYDNEY Con-Evos Protest at Gay Appointment in Gippsland

  1. Fr Christian Troll in the USA has exposed David Ould’s penchant for blackmail to silence any who disagree with him. David Ould has a world-wide reputation for bullying, bigotry and narrow-mindedness.

  2. We have, indeed, heard of Deacon Ould’s adversarial conduct towards non-Sydney activities in the Australian Anglican Church, but we do not want to give him too much space on our blog. It will only serve to make him feel more important than he really is. Father Ron

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