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Letters to AO

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Letters from 11 to 18 April 2004

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Sydney questionnaire a 'sad error'

THE DIOCESE OF SYDNEY proposes to ask candidates for ordination or lay ministry to complete a questionnaire enquiring, among other things, into their sexual behaviour. (AO, 11 April) It asks, 'Is there any information from your past or present that may result in allegations being made against you of sexual conduct which would be regarded by right thinking members of the Church in this Diocese as disgraceful and inconsistent with the standards to be observed by a Christian?' The Diocese begs its it own question. Exactly what are 'right thinking' members of the Church supposed to be thinking?

The questionnaire then immediately asks 'Have you been involved in a homosexual relationship?' apparently on the presumption that anyone approving this could not possibly be a 'right thinking' member of the Church. A stated, worthy, aim of this process is to root out child-abuse. Time after time it has been shown that this is not related to sexual preference.

The Diocese's sad error is to put a legalism ahead of good conscience and the work of the Holy Spirit. Christian duty is to teach the truth as best we understand it, allowing diversity where there is disagreement while standing fast against obvious evil. Asking written questions will not unearth child-abusers or anyone else with criminal intent, and we must rely on the conscience of people of good intent. This process will only deter, hurt and discriminate against people seeking to serve God in good conscience.

Brian McKinlay
Canberra, AUSTRALIA.
12 April 2004

Thumbs down on the reviews

WHERE OH WHERE did you dig up those awful movie reviews about 'Christ in the Cinema' by Gregory and Maria Pearse? (New This Week, 11 April). I read better reviews way back in junior college days; when the movie reviewers were still intoxicated with their first tastes of Nietzsche out of Philosophy 101. And did the Pearses add their bucketful of Gnostic nonsense just to appear chic? Sorry, it only added to their bombast. As a progressive and liberal Christian, I still believe Jesus died for my sins and am not ashamed to say so. Stupid deluded me. 'If I only had a brain...', I'd follow the Pearses to their theological Oz. But that's a review for another movie.

The Reverend Thomas Gilbert
St. Benedict's Interfaith Christian Fellowship
East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, USA
13 April 2004

No digging was required on our part; the link was submitted to us directly, like all the links at Anglicans Online outside those in the News Centre.

A voice from Nigeria

I WRITE TO APPRECIATE the good work you are doing.I have been a member of the Anglican Church for many years now with little knowledge of the foundation of the church.

A friend introduced me to this website few months ago and i must confess that I am proud to be an Anglican. The website is so rich with vital information of the Anglican church worldwide.

Finally, may our ever faithful God continue to prosper your handywork and also bless the Anglican church world wide even as we face some trouble times in the history of this well founded church.

Bara Igoniwari-Brown
St Cyprian's Anglican Church, Hospital Road
Port Harcourt, (Rivers State), NIGERIA
14 April 2004

Earlier letters

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