Saturday, October 8, 2016

"Hypocrisy" spoils Weetbix

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.

That's 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

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