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Rural bishop denounced by Sydney

19 October 2012

SYDNEY diocesan synod has de­nounced a bishop in rural Victoria for appoint­ing a priest with a same-sex partner, and for his public support of gay people.

The Bishop of Gippsland, the Rt Revd John McIntyre, told his dio­cesan synod in May that he believed that, for too long, the Church had asked same-sex-attracted people to wait outside the church "while we decide the basis on which they can be a part of the Church's life".

He said that he would continue to appoint to office "those whom I believe God is calling to minister among us, and I will continue to do so with a grateful heart to God for the gifts and skills they bring us".

The Sydney synod's resolution ex­pressed "grave concern" at Bishop McIntyre's appointment of the priest, and its "dismay" over his comments to his synod. It also asked its Standing Committee to "look for ways to recognise, encourage, and support those faithful Anglicans who are disenfranchised by such actions, and to reach those elements of society de­nied a faithful presentation of the gospel".

It asked Australian bishops to appoint clergy and church workers "in line with the expectations for elders as set forth in Scripture" and in accordance with Lambeth Conference Resolution 1.10 of 1998.

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