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Letters from 20 to 26 October 2008

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Anyone can say what is wrong

The Primate of Australia like many other church people has protested at the ending of the Religion Report on our most intelligent radio station, ABC Radio National. I was surprised to find bloggers on the Sydney Diocesan site approving the abolition because, they wrote, the presenter was a Roman Catholic critical of Sydney Diocese and because the program presented a variety of views.(Eight other specialist programs have also been dropped.) I am dismayed, however, now to find that, according to your report,Sydney's spokesman,Bishop Forsyth,also approves of the ending of the program.

As a child and teenager, I grew up in a middle-of-the-road Sydney parish (in the 40s one third of the parishes fell into that category - very few do now). Later in life, I was Rector for 22 years of a similar (BCP) Sydney parish, and for 10 years I have been an honorary chaplain (unauthorised by the Diocese) in a large hospital with many C. of E. patients, although a hospital where in all that time we have found Uniting Church, Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Baptist and Congregational people willing to help (and Muslims and Buddhists) but not one Anglican priest.

Traditionally liberal in theology, culturally and liturgically conservative - an endangered species, and banned from preaching at the main services in my local church for 8 years, I am sorry that the extremes on both sides have grown so much stronger over the years in the Church of Australia and in some places elsewhere, and not least that my Diocese though growing rich financially has now grown very poor when it comes to willingness to enter into dialogue with Anglicans who are not dinky-or to give a place for them in its councils - or room for other views in its large, glossy monthly

Next year it is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on "Connect 09" hoping still for the growth in numbers in "Bible-based" churches that the last 10 years' of increasingly narrow "evangelism" has not achieved. For example, 750,000 Gospels of S.Luke are to be distributed (great!) but with an Introduction that in this Darwin anniversary year begins with Adam and Eve! That will hardly connect with many thinking people including listeners to the former Religion Report.

In general, I dislike those who only complain. Churchill said "any fool can say what is wrong". Despite my now ancient,agnostic mind, there is "joy in my heart" for there are always so many blessings that we can count, including the fresh insights from those whose outlook and gifts are different to our own. But despite the very real riches that Sydney Diocese can share, its extreme,un-Anglican, superficial puritanism, I think, is only alienating people from our Church and aiding the forces of secularism.

When the Diocese is so wealthy and so powerful, Anglicans and Episcopalians elsewhere need to be aware.

The Revd Dr John Bunyan
St John the Baptist's, Canberra
Campbelltown, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA
20 October 2008

Ne pas déranger

As a professional language translator and occasional essayist, I found your article on Anglicanism as the Anglican lingo very interesting. It does comfort one's soul to feel (no matter how wishful that may be), that one could walk into St. John's Anglican Church in Kuala Lumpur or St. James's in Edmonton and not need to...deranger les the French put it, in order to hear the Word.

Obi Udeariry
St Andrew's, Aladinma, Owerri
20 October 2008

Your language needs fixed

As a long-time student of Pittsburghese, I can tell you that the proper expression for "have you had dinner (or another meal) is "Djeat jet?" not "Djeat yet?" as you have it. The correct negative answer is "No, jew?"

But it is a real dialect of American English, with many colorful expressions. I fell in love with Pittsburgh years ago...

Pierre Whalon
Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe
20 October 2008

(Ed: we'll red up our act.)

Do let courtesy prevail

Just a note to say thank you for fostering a fairly even-handed website.

I read a variety of “Anglican” websites from Thinking Anglicans to Virtue Online, and many in-between. While each of these reveals its bias, the actual commentary is quite rarely outrageous. On the other-hand, those that write-in/post to the other various sites spill gallons of virtual vitriol ink. Maybe you simply cull the letters which are of the same ilk, maybe those who write-in to Anglicans Online wish to be above that sort of writing, either way yours is a much more pleasant place from which to read. Keep up the great work and where disagreement exists let courtesy prevail.

blessings, Steve+

CH (CPT) Steven Rindahl
Still Looking for my parish
Fort Gordon, Georgia, USA
21 October 2008

(Ed: we rarely get vitriolic letters, and we never publish them. Which is probably why we rarely get them.)

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