Well, 2 days of Synod have been and gone and it's been … strange. I've thought hard how to summarise what I've seen and the best sense I can make of it is that there are clearly some people there who want a fight. It's just that they don't want to fight.
That there is a fight spoiling, and that it has already broken out, is evidenced not least by continued reporting in the local papers. As I reported previously, the key issue is over increasingly deliberate attempts by some on General Synod, including the Primate himself, to limit the independence that the various dioceses, and Sydney in particular, have. Here's how the Age newspaper put it,
What do we believe the Anglican Church of Australia is called to be in our day? What is our shared vocation? That is a complex, multi-faceted question, but I hope we would answer, in part, that we are to develop and make known a credible, intellectualrationale for Christianity in a way that will be life-giving for Australian society.The Anglican Church could be the first port of call for people looking to interpret Christianity in Australia and to understand its implications. We should have vibrant Christian communities all around Australia and in as many places as possible. For this to be so, we must have structures and processes in place through which the strong can help the weak. We must have institutional vehicles for Christian generosity. There must be an overriding sense of belonging together and sharing in this one great mission. There must be forums for addressing and vehicles for acting on issues of wider than local significance, the issues on the national agenda.Both the national church and the Communion are, in a sense, ongoing experiments, not yet finished, not yet perfected.(my emphasis)
with the consent in writing of the Chancellors of each of the metropolitan dioceses
Do you not consider it dishonourable to go back on an agreement made only 3 years ago?