from 11 to 18 April 2004
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questionnaire a 'sad error'
on the reviews
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?
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.
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.
12 April 2004
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.
St. Benedict's Interfaith Christian Fellowship
East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, USA
13 April 2004
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also bless the Anglican church world wide even as we face some trouble
times in the history of this well founded church.
St Cyprian's Anglican Church, Hospital Road
Port Harcourt, (Rivers State), NIGERIA
14 April 2004
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