The clergy of the Anglican Diocese of Sydney chewed longer on their Weetbix this morning as they mulled over an article in the Sydney Morning Herald that contained a journalist's view of their church:
"Either way, we have a moral institution that punishes public advocates for tolerance and fairness more harshly than those who enact discrimination and abuse. As Jesus accused the Pharisees, "you strain out a gnat but swallow a camel."
When the Anglican church can’t follow its own code, Elizabeth Farrelly, Sydney Morning Herald, 8 October 2016.
Matthew 23:24 that's being quoted.
The author is taking some liberty with the word 'tolerance'- at least in terms of how that word is employed doctrinally - yet clearly there is an accusation of hypocrisy.
The delicensing of a Sydney Anglican clergy - discussed earlier in the same article - is a sound thing. A church needs to set and exercise disciplinary and dismissal rules. As best I can tell from other articles and from a television appearance of the delicensed clergy, the delicensing seems to have been exercised with soundness of communication and with effort to preserve relationships. Indeed, if I understand things clearly the delicensing is not holistic, but instead partial - the clergy member largely holds the core Christian beliefs.
Should not a secular newspaper be applauding the church for exercising its disciplinary/dismissal muscle? After all, doesn't the same paper subtly bray for dismissal of non-performing company CEOs or on-the-nose politicians.
Note 1: links good 8 October 2016