3 days ago – FRACTURES in the Australian Anglican Church on the issue of gay clergy are set to boil over at a national meeting of bishops in early March, … (Newcastle Herald)
This article, from the Newcastle Herald, brings news of threats of a coming rift in the Anglican Church of Australia.
“Cultural change: Newcastle Anglican Bishop Greg Thompson has criticised the emergence of a “para Anglican Communion” led by the conservative Anglican Sydney diocese. He says there is a need for cultural change in the church.” – N. Herald –
It would seem that the Sydney diocese, long known for its conservative evangelical provenance, derived from its early association with Moore College, in Sydney; is set to lead a movement into separation from the current Anglican Instruments of Unity.
Sydney’s former Archbishop – Peter Jensen – current Secretary of GAFCON – was one of the prime movers of Provincial Archbishops of the Global South to question the new movement in the other Provinces of the world-wide Anglican Communion to welcome LGBTQI people into the ministry and fellowship of their Churches.
This breaking news – of the Bishop of Necastle’s reluctance to attend the scheduled Australian Bishops’ Conference, which he fears will be outvoted by the sheer weight of the diocese of Sydney’s delegates on issues of Gay Clergy in the Australian Church – raises real fears of a Sydney takeover, which could lead to further schismatic severance from the official Anglican Church body in Australia.
A noted anti-Gay campaigner in the Anglican Church in Australia, the Revd. Peter Ould, is mentioned in the article as supporting Sydney’s stand against the Anglican Church. His prominence is Church circles in Australia is mainly for his campaign against the LBGT community and itys supporters:
“Prominent evangelical Sydney Anglican priest David Ould described the Sydney resolution as “robust”, in a blog in which he said Bishops Goldsworthy and Parkes were “undermining the Biblical doctrine of marriage and human sexuality”.
One awaits the outcome of the Bishops’ Meeting in March for further news of this impending threat of intentional schism
Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand