Sydney Diocese announces new relationship to A.C.C.

“Speaking at a pre-synod dinner, Dr Davies, who is the first bishop of the diocese of the Southern Cross, said that, if Sydney diocese really cared for Australia, the ‘best clergy’ and lay people should be sent to dioceses where there were ‘welcoming bishops’. It also needed to support, through the Gafcon diocese, ‘hurting Anglicans’ in dioceses led by ‘revisionist bishops’.”

This was not unexpected: a decision of the Anglican diocese of Sydney to invite the GAFCON-based bishop of the ‘Diocese of The Southern Cross’ (which has no official connection with the Anglican Church in Australia (ACC) – nor with the Canterbury-based worldwide Anglican Communion) – to address them at a pre-Synod Dinner-meeting.

The supreme irony is that “The Sydney diocese – afterwards, at its Synod – declared its very own ‘Breach of fellowship with the Australian Church’, calling ACC Bishops who do not belong to GAFCON: ‘Revisionist bishops’ when, in fact, GAFCON itself is the organisation which has embraced the radical revisionism that has caused schismatic division within the Anglican Communion.

And what is the moot point of the division here? The majority decision of mainline Western Anglican Churches to accept that homosexuality is not the sin that Gafcon still believes it to be; and that the Church needs to repent of its institutional sexism and homophobia; which abiding sins are more insidious than the accommodation of LGBTQI people as fellow members and ministers in the Body of Christ.

Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand

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It remains to be seen how Sydney’s sectarian move will actually affect the daily life and ministry of the Anglican Church of Australia. For too long, the Sydney diocese has used its power and money to influence the conduct of the Australian Anglican Church – even to the point of spending one million dollars to try to prevent the Australian government from bringing in its legalisation of Same-Sex Marriage – and effort that, in the end, was unsuccessful. Still smarting from that rejection, the former Archbishop of Sydney, Glen Davies (a GAFCON afficionado from its beginnings) jumped ship – with the obvious support of the current Archbishop of Sydney, who has already welcomed Dr. Davies as head of the schismatic Church.

Posted on September 28, 2022 
Filed under Australian diocesesGAFCON Australia

“The synod of the diocese of Sydney has carried several motions urging changes to the way in which the diocese interacts with the Anglican Church of Australia. …

One motion carried at the Sydney diocesan synod noted ‘with godly grief the deep breach of fellowship in the Anglican Church of Australia exposed at the eighteenth session of General Synod on matters of doctrine and human sexuality’. It requested the synod’s Standing Committee ‘to consider our future approach as a Diocese to meetings of the General Synod’…

Speaking at a pre-synod dinner, Dr Davies, who is the first bishop of the diocese of the Southern Cross, said that, if Sydney diocese really cared for Australia, the ‘best clergy’ and lay people should be sent to dioceses where there were ‘welcoming bishops’. It also needed to support, through the Gafcon diocese, ‘hurting Anglicans’ in dioceses led by ‘revisionist bishops’.”

– Muriel Porter writes in The Church Times – also at Virtueonline.
Photo: Sydney Synod 2022.

Related:

Bishop Glenn Davies’ ACL Synod Dinner address, 2022.

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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