Sydney Diocese unhappy with Australian G.S. Decision on S/S Marriage Blessings

The Revd. David Ould, in this instance a spokesperson for the Sydney-based blog Anglican Church League – which embraces the ultra-conservative evangelical brand of Anglicanism of the GAFCON – is making a prophecy that the imminent Diocese of Brisbane Synod Meeting will affirm the Australian General Synod’s decision to allow for the celebration of a Blessing of a Same-Sex Couple who have been legally married by the State. What Mr. Ould and the Sydney diocese are doing here is denying the right of the Australian General Synod to make such a decision.

He is virtually re-iterating the threat made by the current Archbishop of Sydney that his diocese will leave the Anglican Church of Australia if it decides to allow for Same-Sex Marriage blessings to be celebrated in parishes which consent to any new ordinance. Here, in his inimitable prose, Mr Ould utters his prediction:

Given that Archbishop Aspinall is a known supporter of same-sex marriage and that there is no motion in the business paper on the topic, predicts that tomorrow’s Presidential Address will take a similar tack to that of Bishop Treloar in Gippsland and we’ll have our first Archbishop leading their diocese across a line that may very well permanently split the Anglican Church of Australia.

IMPORTANTLY; what Mr Ould does not say, is that, if there is a decision made to split the Anglican Church in Australia, it will not be made by the parent body, the General Synod. It will be made, unilaterally, by the Sydney Diocese – linked to GAFCON, which has already virtually disassociated itself from the present worldwide Anglican Communion on this issue.

Such a breakaway, which has already been threatened by the Diocese of Sydney, would be nothing less than a blatant act in intentional schism – a polity in which GAFCON is already involved, in raising up rival quasi-Anglican Churches in other parts of the world, including New Zealand.

Contra to Mr Ould’s question: “Will Brisbane be next to implement the decision of General Synod to allow for S/S Marriage Blessings”; I ask the question: “Will Sydney be the first diocese to quit the Australian Anglican Church & the Anglican Communion, to set up its own schismatic quasi-‘Anglican’ Church in Australia?

Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand


Bishop of Gippsland: “There is no obstacle”

Posted on June 24, 2022 – (ANGLICAN CHURCH LEAGUE) – by David Ould
Filed under Anglican Church of AustraliaCulture warsGeneral Synod

“In his recent Presidential Address to the Diocesan Synod, Bishop Richard Treloar has told his diocese that there is no longer any bar on the blessing of same-sex marriages. …

Having summarised the position, Bishop Treloar then makes his announcement, presenting this as a fait accompli that he has no power as bishop to resist …

Gippsland is the first of what may be many dioceses taking similar steps; simply acting as though the matter is now decided rather than passing the relevant motions at their synod. Next up is the Diocese of Brisbane which begins tonight.”

– David Ould shares the latest from Gippsland and speculates on what might be announced at the Synod of the Diocese of Brisbane.

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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