received during the week
of 22 June
WHERE IN THE NEW TESTAMENT is
there mention of sodomy, please?
2. If the Anglican
Communion should divide over the authenticity of Holy Orders invested in one
who admits repeated acts of sodomy, what will be the name of each Communion?
3. If the
the names reflect the fundamental ethical cause of the said division
(for example "21st
Century Anglican" v. "Historic Anglican") what will be the position
in respect of Baptisms performed before the division?
4. How will prospective
and existing Godparents be advised of their duties in respect of the division
and what will be that advice?
5. Will preparation
for "Confirmation" reflect the attitude and ethical positions of the two communions?
6. How will parents
and Godparents be advised of the position of the officiating clergy: will
the laymen have to put the question to the priest at the time of requesting
St Mary's Harrow
26 June 2003
On the Sydney
20 JUNE STATEMENT by
the Archbishop and Bishops of Sydney on ‘the tragic
disruption of fellowship in the Anglican Communion’ is deeply hurtful.
the Bishops’ commitment to the Bible as the standard of Christian
conduct. However, what is at stake in debate concerning homosexual
Christians and the church is not the status of the Bible but its
interpretation and meaning in particular circumstances. I cannot
accept, for example, that Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury,
disregards the Bible as the standard for Christian life.
The Bishops’ say
they cannot welcome into the Diocese of Sydney “those who have abandoned
the teaching of Scripture.” Does this lack of welcome include the
dozens of American Christians who voted to elect the Rev. Gene Robinson
as Bishop of New Hampshire? Will it include the many US Bishops who
may shortly vote to endorse his appointment?
this lack of welcome include myself? For I cannot join the Bishops
in condemning Mr Robinson’s election or the appointment of Dr Jeffery
John as a bishop in the Diocese of Oxford. The Sydney Bishops have
made unwelcome many members of their own and nearby Dioceses. I urge
them to reconsider the hurt their statement has caused.
St. George's, Pearce, Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn
25 June 2003
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