Friends, thank you to everyone who commented over the past 24 hours or so. What I thought would be a simple post sharing some information that had clearly already entered into the public domain has disappointed many people.
I’m sorry for any upset that it’s caused. Regular readers of davidould.net will know that I don’t set out to cause unnecessary problems, rather I want this place to be somewhere where news about what is happening in the Anglican Church of Australia can be shared and known by others. Sometimes that means that we break stories that are of interest or even reveal what is happening when people would rather it was kept a secret. We mostly do that where we think the agenda is to deliberately undermine the constitutional position of the Anglican Church of Australia. The intention is to uphold the integrity of the church that many of us love and are committed to against those who would undermine it.
I’ve long believed that there’s no such thing as a secret once the information is out there and so I published in that spirit. In this age of rapid dissemination of information, word spreads a lot faster than it used to. Once I was convinced that the news of the candidates had been spreading far beyond the 300+ synod members (and were even being prayed for the previous Sunday) I thought it was safe to publish. Some will argue that it wasn’t my right and I understand that.
There was no intention to undermine process. I remain unconvinced that the process will be spoiled by this publication – the delegates will still meet together from Thursday and have the same discussions about the relative merits of the various candidates and come to their final conclusion. We’ll seek to report that decision here when it’s complete.
I write these additional comments as an explanation, not an excuse. Nevertheless, I’m genuinely sorry for any distress caused. Because of the way that the internet works it’s too late now to remove the post but I’ve hidden the original content away behind a toggle.
I want to leave the last (and most important word) to one of the original (and very well-respected) complainants on the related facebook thread:
I trust we’ll all be able to join in on that one.
This coming Thursday the synod of the Anglican Diocese of Canberra-Goulburn will meet to elect a new bishop following the retirement from office last year of Stuart Robinson.
Names of candidates have now been distributed to all synod members and their various merits are being discussed as an “open secret”. Here are the candidates that synod will choose from:
- Bishop John Stead of Willochra
- Ven Greg Harris, Archdeacon in Bendigo
- Rev Canon Malcolm Richards, Director of CMS NSW
- Rev Dr Mark Short, National Director of Bush Church Aid
- Ven David Bassett, Archdeacon in Adelaide
Apart from Bishop Stead, all the candidates reflect a range of mainstream evangelical positions. Richards is unlikely to be elected due to his more conservative position on women’s roles in ministry.
It seems more than likely that the diocese will elect a man who will continue the broad evangelical leadership that Robinson had provided.
The diocese has a comprehensive webpage covering the entire process.
image: Diocesan website