(Anglican Taonga) Auckland sees no bar to ordination for those in Same Sex Relationships

The Auckland Diocesan Synod has decided that people in same-sex relationships should not be excluded from ordination.

After a debate lasting much of yesterday, Synod also agreed that sexual orientation should not be an impediment to ordination or any other offices in the church.

The mover was Rev Glynn Cardy, and the seconder Margaret Bedggood.

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5 comments on “(Anglican Taonga) Auckland sees no bar to ordination for those in Same Sex Relationships

  1. driver8 says:

    I should say the delicious double-talk of the following 2 paragraph’s from the Bishop’s Charge made me smile:

    People increasingly want to know where I stand on this issue. In one sense as a bishop, I give up the opportunity to hold a strong position on matters where there is a lack of clarity within the diocese as a whole. I take on the role of facilitating the church in its deliberations as we wrestle together to establish our mind. At the same time I have the responsibility of offering leadership to the diocese in all matters including those which can divide us. I must do so conscious of the care required so as not to unfairly influence the debate and any decisions.

    I will therefore be clear that should the appropriate basis for change be found within the church, I would be willing to proceed with such ordinations within this diocese.

  2. Archer_of_the_Forest says:

    No 1,…lol. In other words, I was for it before I was against it.

  3. Archer_of_the_Forest says:

    But in all seriousness, when did it become a job description for bishops to have no opinions?

  4. Terry Tee says:

    Would some Kiwis out there tell us what is meant by hermeneutical hui? (I know, it’s tempting to write hooey, but we are being serious here.)
    Also, I find it very surprising that in controversial motions we are not given the actual voting figures – preferably by house.

  5. tired says:

    Hmmm – “Auckland sees no bar…”

    “36bWhen Jesus had said these things, he departed and hid himself from them. 37Though he had done so many signs before them, they still did not believe in him, 38 so that the word spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:

    “Lord, who has believed what he heard from us,
    and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?”
    39Therefore they could not believe.

    For again Isaiah said,

    40 “He has blinded their eyes
    and hardened their heart,
    lest they see with their eyes,
    and understand with their heart, and turn,
    and I would heal them.”

    John 12