Anglican Samizdat

November 20, 2009

Diocese of Niagara: Michael Bird’s Charge to Synod

Filed under: Diocese of Niagara — David Jenkins @ 2:44 pm
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On September 1st of this year we took one of those important steps on the long road that we have travelled in dealing with issues of human sexuality and I am grateful to all those who have seen that journey through to this important moment in the life of our Diocese. At the same time, I am grateful to those among us who are in disagreement over the issue of same-sex blessings but continue to honour our communion in the Lord Jesus Christ and remain within the diocesan household.

Which would be somewhat more accurate if the last sentence read:

At the same time, I am grateful to those among us who are in disagreement over the issue of same-sex blessings, keep quiet about it and continue to honour our communion in the Lord Jesus Christ and remain within the diocesan household.

As it is, a priest who audibly voices objections to Michael Bird’s schemes for elevating homosexual activity to the status of something that can be blessed in an Anglican Church, is first made to feel persona non grata and is eventually driven out of the diocese.

And then we have:

During my first week in the role as your Bishop, in the midst of court proceedings, media scrums and intense and momentous decisions that needed to be made, my one regret was that I hadn’t had more experience in the job before we were faced with these challenges.

This tears at the heartstrings – or it would if it hadn’t been Bird that instigated the court proceedings by suing ANiC parishes to “share” their buildings so as to house diocesan congregations that don’t exist.

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1 Comment

  1. I am so thankful to ANIC and St George’s to be free of this drivel.
    Peace,
    Jim

    Comment by Jim Muirhead — November 21, 2009 @ 12:21 am


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