a few days ago I wrote about a controversial bill being put before the Perth Synod here in Australia. I’ve now got the paper work in front of me.
You can download the bill here
Over at StandFirm, TACit has noted,
Having lived in Perth diocese since the year after +Carnley (illegally) ordained women, I can offer some context: the proposed resolution quoted above is aimed at preventing Anglo-Catholic clergy being licensed in an Anglo-Catholic diocese as well as in Perth, and preventing any connection between Perth evangelicals and Sydney diocese. Australian liberals are fairly paranoid about Sydney diocese.
Additional proposed resolutions for the Synod to consider include these:
“This synod ….requests the Archbishop to ordain only those who welcome and fully support the ministry of ordained women.”
“This Synod requests that the liturgical committee develop guidelines for the use of inclusive language at all diocesan services.”
That’s a sampling. Note: ‘ONLY those who welcome and fully support…”; “ALL diocesan services” – draconian, yes.
These resolutions may not pass, but that they are being proposed is very symptomatic.
Various other motions (including those referenced above) can be seen here
In particular, do note:
11.14 The Ven. Angela Webb to move:
This synod affirms the ministry of women in the three orders of Ministry, and encourages the Archbishop to consider admitting called and gifted women to the Episcopate at the earliest possible date.
Which is fascinating because such a move got blocked in General Synod last year. But that’s not a problem for Perth since Carnley (former Archbishop and Primate) simply ordained women to the Priesthood long before General Synod had approved any such thing. (sound familiar, anyone?)
11.15 The Ven. Trevor Burton to move:
1. Congratulates Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori on her election as Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, USA.
2. Assures Bishop Katharine of its loving prayers and support on the occassion of her installation and for her ongoing ministry.
even more worrying:
11.17 Mr Ian Carter to move:
1. Understands that ordained ministry is a matter of God’s call, discerned and authorised by the Church.
2. Requests the Archbishop to ordain only those who welcome and fully support the ministry of ordained women.
11.18 The Revd. Christine Simes to move:
This Synod requests that the LITMUS committee develop guidelines for the use of inclusive language at all diocesan services.
There’s other fun stuff but those are the main ones, as far as I can tell.