The GAFCON Shadow emerges from its Sydney Stronghold

Con/Evo clergyman from the Sydney Diocese, David Ould, continues his crusade against the official Australian Province of the Anglican Church as he regales his readers with a somewhat distracted revue of what the Church has achieved (or not) during its recent General Synod on Australia’s Gold coast. Perhaps his most outrageous comment on the proceedings can be summed up in the following sentence:

Why did some Anglicans not want to be Anglican?

What Mr Ould is presuming here is that the Sydney Diocesan brand of Anglicanism is the sole upholder of what GAFCON has had the chutzpah to call (backed by USA website ‘Virtue-on-Line which regularly parrots his and gafcon’s articles): ‘ORTHODOX ANGLICAN(ISM) ‘- a veritable oxymoron!

What GAFCON (which now considers the Sydney ‘Anglican’ Diocese as one if its most fruitful flag-bearers of Sola Scriptura, anti-gay rhetoric and misogyny) actually stands for, is not the sort of modern Anglicanism that is embraced by the world’s provincial Churches that are loyal to their Canterbury and Lambeth foundation, but rather a newly constructed pseudo-Anglicanism based on its own ‘Jerusalem Statement of Faith’, a Line in The Sand confected by (mostly) provinces of the Global South Anglicans who were suborned by the Sydney Diocese to link together to fight the emancipation of LGBTQI people and Women who had, formerly, been officially marginalised by the Church’s perpetuation of a (now discredited) social climate of Sexism and Homophobia. (e.g., Sydney Diocese still does consent to the Ordination of Women – and so, in this matter, does not agree with the Constitution of the A.C.A., which does).

While it is interesting that the majority of clergy and laity in the recent General Synod were keen to follow the lead of Sydney’s Archbishop to outlaw the Blessing of legally-married Same Sex Couples, it should be noted that the people charged with safe-guarding the Church’s official Doctrine – the Australian Bishops – made the decision not to go along with Sydney’s proposal; regarding it as not helpful to people in the Church who believe that God is not averse to blessing the union of any two people who want to declare their legal and lifelong commitment to one another in the context of a service of worship. (Homosexuality has been accepted as a normal variant of human sexual being).

When is it realised that Sydney is the largest Diocese in Australia, and that its conservative evangelical Moore Theological College has the inherited resource to train and equip its graduates for ministry – not only in the diocese of Sydney but also in other diocese of the Australian Church, it follows that Sydney has the largest contingent of any other diocese in General Synod – 28% of the Synod. However, where the responsibility for the Church’s doctrine lies – within the House of Bishops – there are other than Sydney’s conservative evangelical views held, which contributed to the House of Bishops defeating the Motion that would have restricted the Church’s pastoral outreach to Christian Same-Sex Couples.

Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand

(Below is David Oulds’s article)

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General Synod Wrap-Up – The Anglicans Who Don’t Want to be Anglican?

Posted on May 14, 2022 
Filed under Anglican Church of AustraliaGeneral Synod

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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