My father was confirmed by the Archbishop of Canterbury, I was married in the Anglican Church, I spent a wonderful 14 years at King;s College steeped in the Anglican tradition (and to forestall the inevitable comment from from my 'friends' no, I was not a slow learner).
Over the years I developed a respect for most of the worlds great religions (cults excluded) acknowledging that each has it's share of ratbags but that the vast majority are good people following the tenants of their faith.
And so it is that I am angry, very angry, that what many may consider to be the rouge parish of St Matthews in the City in Auckland should set out quite deliberately to offend New Zealand's half a million plus Roman Catholics by their insensitive billboard featuring Mary and a pregnancy test. You can view the story here
I care not a toss for the weasel-words of the Vicar of St Matthews arguing that his is a 'progressive' congregation (spare me) and all that they want to do is to engage in honest debate . Nor do I care for the refusal of the Anglican Bishop of Auckland to get involved. Wimp out if you want to but someone has to speak up. Your non action make me ashamed to be an Anglican and I may not be one for much longer joining the 77,000 who left the Church in the decade leading up to 2006.
Sad and, just before Christmas, unforgivable.
March 30 in history
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