*** DEBUG END ***

Eucharistic presidency in Sydney diocese

25 August 2010


From Mr R. I. Williams

Sir, — Dr Muriel Porter seems to take pleasure in the fact that the Appellate Tribunal ruled against Sydney over diaconal celebration of holy communion (Comment, 20 August). In all fairness to Sydney diocese, however, is it not being logical?

It does not accept that those dio­ceses in the Anglican Church of Aus­tralia in which women are or­dained to the priesthood and epis­co­pate have made a valid biblical choice. It believes that these women now celebrating communion around Australia are only in dea­con’s orders. So it would have been unfair of Sydney not to allow its women deacons to do so also. If women deacons can celebrate, why not men? Would not that be sexist, according to such reasoning?

Sydney has never made any pre­tence of turning the Anglican com­munion service into a mass. It makes no secret of the fact that in most of its churches non-fermented grape juice is used, and many churches throw away the leftover communion elements. Such prac­tices are also commonplace in the Evangelical wing of the Church of England.

For Dr Porter to dismiss Sydney’s planting of a hundred churches as a failure is mind-boggling. I think all of us can learn something from the love and zeal that Sydney Anglicans have for their understanding of the gospel. Why has the Anglican Church of Southern Africa not been criticised for supsending the preface to the Book of Common Prayer and accepting non-episcopally ordained clergy without reordination? Is not the Church of England on the cusp of entering into full communion with the Methodist Church, which allows lay celebration?

Y Gareg Lwyd
Whitchurch Road
Bangor Is Y Coed
Wrexham LL13 0BB



Letters to the editor

Letters for publication should be sent to letters@churchtimes.co.uk.

Letters should be exclusive to the Church Times, and include a full postal address. Your name and address will appear alongside your letter.

Forthcoming Events

6-7 September 2022
Preaching as Pilgrimage conference
From the College of Preachers.

27-28 September 2022
humbler church Bigger God conference
The HeartEdge Conference in Manchester includes the Theology Slam Live Final.

More events

The Church Times Archive

Read reports from issues stretching back to 1863, search for your parish or see if any of the clergy you know get a mention.

FREE for Church Times subscribers.

Explore the archive

Welcome to the Church Times

​To explore the Church Times website fully, please sign in or subscribe.

Non-subscribers can read four* articles for free each month. (You will need to register.)

*Until the end of June: we’re doubling the number of free articles to eight, to celebrate the publication of our Platinum Jubilee double issue.