SBS reports Sydney Archbishop Glenn Davies has told those lobbying for the church to accept same-sex marriage to “please leave” rather than push reform that satisfies “the lusts and pleasures of the world”.
Dr Davies used his presidential address to the Sydney Anglican diocese synod to argue the church couldn’t bless same-sex marriage because it couldn’t bless sin.
The church’s frequently affirmed belief that “marriage is between a man and a woman” was not popular in Australia or consistent with the legal definition of marriage since the Marriage Act was amended in late 2018, Dr Davies acknowledged on Monday.
“Nonetheless, God’s intention for marriage has not changed… we cannot bless same-sex marriages for the simple reason that we cannot bless sin,” Dr Davies said in his speech.
The archbishop took issue with the diocese of Wangaratta, in Victoria, which this year passed a regulation with the intention of blessing same-sex marriages.
That synod’s decision has been referred to an internal tribunal by the head of the Anglican Church of Australia, Dr Philip Freier.
The national Anglican synod will hold a special session in 2020 on same-sex marriage and blessings but, the Sydney archbishop said, the “time has come to take action and make decisions”.
“My own view is that if people wish to change the doctrine of our church, they should start a new church or join a church more aligned to their views – but do not ruin the Anglican church by abandoning the plain teaching of scripture,” Dr Davies said.
“Please leave us. We have far too much work to do in evangelising Australia to be distracted by the constant pressure to change our doctrine in order to satisfy the lusts and pleasures of the world,” Dr Davies said.
Dr Davies has form on his anti same-sex marriage views when in 2017 he defended the diocese’ $1 million donation to the Coalition of Marriage who led the No campaign during Australia’s same-sex marriage plebiscite.