Comments: General synod opens today

Bishop Alan Wilson, as usual, discerns the real need of G.S. to pursue the desired ethos of Unity in Diversity by accepting the diversity while yet not seeking to supress it under the cloak of an unworkable synthesis.

Until the Church accepts the fact that women and gays are part and parcel of the Church and the world for which Christ died; not seeking in some way to accommodate the nay-sayers - on grounds of a two-tier recognition/non-recognition basis - there will be no lasting peace for us as a world-wide Communion of Churches.

If GAFCON wants to continue to move towards a separate understanding from the rest of us; then this will be their choice, not ours. However, to try to accommodate the demands of intentional separatists, in order to keep the Communion together, may not bring the sort of unity that is required by the inclusive message of the Gospel.

We in the South Pacific look towards Canterbury for leadership in this matter of ecclesial Unity in Diversity; praying that justice may not fail to be upheld for the sake of organic unity in the Anglican Family of Churches.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Friday, 5 July 2013 at 5:15pm BST
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