Sunday, February 12, 2012

Sydney Anglicans call for the sacking of a Victorian minister because he is gay

Sydney Anglicans have used their political organisation known as the Anglican Church League to call for the sacking of a Melbourne Anglican minister because he is gay. Mark Thompson and Robert Tong write...
The Anglican Church League
expresses its dismay at the appointment of an openly homosexual man as priest in charge of a parish in the Diocese of Gippsland as announced in the December 2011 issue of The Gippsland Anglican.

The teaching of Scripture about appropriate sexual behaviour for disciples of Christ and the appointment of elders who are ‘beyond reproach’, is quite clear. Resolution 1.10 of the 1998 Lambeth Conference, the Jerusalem Declaration of 2008, the professional standards embodied in the document Faithfulness in Service (a document approved by the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Australia) and the express commitment of the General Synod on a number of occasions to uphold the biblical teaching on marriage and human sexuality leave no room for ambiguity. Appointments like this put unwanted strain and tension upon relationships between the various dioceses of the Anglican Church of Australia. It also contributes to the fragmentation of the Anglican Communion.

For the sake of the parish, the diocese and the Anglican Church of Australia we call upon the Bishop of Gippsland to rescind this appointment. We also call on him to make clear his commitment to the teaching of Scripture, to Lambeth 1998 Resolution 1.10, to the standards embodied in Faithfulness in Service and the various resolutions of the General Synod of the Anglican Church on this issue.

Mark Thompson Robert Tong
President Chairman.

I thought you Sydney Anglicans were leading the way in putting unwanted strain and tension on relationships within the Anglican Church of Australia... and the Anglican Communion.

Ennis I hear Sydney Anglicans are big on submission

I dunno Jack... sometimes submission can be all about another's need for power ... bit like dictatorships... you know using indoctrination, control and threats to prevent freedom of thought and discussion...but what would I know...I'm gay remember


  1. Since the Bishop is "on leave" and is never likely to read the mad ramblings of Sydney Baptists, we can be assured these bigots will be ignored

  2. I wonder if these cruel bigots realise that they are calling for a human being, who has given his life to the church and approaching retirement, to be sacked. Do they get off on ruining people's lives? Will the Bible get that offended by a gay man and his parish being happy together?

  3. These bigots are shocking! There are many 'partnered' clergy in the Church of England. It is time Sydney Diocese joined the Baptist Union and left we Anglicans alone.