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Not closing ranks (letter)

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 Contents - Sep 2003AD2000 September 2003 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: The future of the Anglican Church - Peter Westmore
New auxiliary bishops appointed to the Sydney Archdiocese - Michael Gilchrist
News: The Church Around the World - AD2000
Dissident US group establishing a foothold in Australian parishes - Mary-Ruth Monsour
Catholic summer conferences in the United States: signs of hope - Richard Egan
Culture: Second 'Carnivale Christi' Catholic arts festival scheduled for Melbourne - Michael Gilchrist
Events: Hearts On Fire Vocations Congress for Melbourne Archdiocese - Joanne Grainger
Understanding the Catholic Liturgy since Vatican II - Dom Alcuin Reid OSB
Pope John Paul II calls for greater use of Latin - Denis Murphy
Homosexual conduct: how Gospel teaching can be distorted - Bill Muehlenberg
Letters: Not closing ranks (letter) - Alan Gill
Letters: Hidden agenda (letter) - Dr Arthur Hartwig
Letters: Liturgical choices (letter) - Marguerite Fennell
Letters: New Mass (letter) - Philip Robinson
Letters: Converts (letter) - Kevin Tighe
Letters: Selfhood (letter) - Robert Prinzen-Wood
Letters: Prophetic words (letter) - Errol Duke
Letters: Freedom to be born (letter) - George F. Simpson
Abridged Papal encyclicals available - Fr M. Durham
Letters: Correction - Chris Hilder
Books: OLD THUNDER: A Life of Hilaire Belloc, by Joseph Pearce - Scott J. Bloch (reviewer)
Books: Some Fell On Rock, by Fr John O'Neill - Fr Peter Joseph (reviewer)
Books: The Practical Preacher: Handy Hints for hesitant homilists, by Paul Edwards SJ - Anthony Cappello (reviewer)
Books: Great books at the best prices!
Reflection: A Christian response to bereavement: Jesus' ministry to the sick and dying - Fr Dennis Byrnes

Nigel Zimmerman's article "Orthodox Anglicans close ranks" (July AD2000) raises valid points about the common ground between traditional (as opposed to modern) Anglo-Catholics and evangelical Anglicans of the conservative Sydney persuasion.

Journalists and others have gone further, noting a commonality (particularly on moral issues) between the two Sydney Archbishops, Peter Jensen and George Pell - men who, a couple of decades ago, would have seemed most unlikely bedfellows.

However, Mr Zimmerman overlooks certain points that need to be said. For example, the Sydney diocese's objection to women priests is based almost entirely on a theory of "headship" - that women should not be in charge of men in the congregation. If a way could be found of ordaining women so that they ministered solely as chaplains or in some similar non-parish role, the Sydney leadership would have no objection at all.

As for the celebration of Eucharistic services, believing that a suitably qualified lay person, male or female, may perform this role, before the end of this year it is more than likely that the Sydney Diocese and its Archbishop will approve a measure for "lay presidency", thus setting Sydney at odds with virtually the entire international Anglican body.

Drummoyne, NSW

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 16 No 8 (September 2003), p. 15

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