Before I came to New Zealand, I had only attended one ordination, that of the 2nd group of women in Australia to be ordained priests at Goulburn in 1992. I always say that the first group in Perth was a bit far. As it was, I drove nearly 3 hours each way to be present.
I had friends from university days who became priests and a close friend from childhood, for whose wedding I was best man, also became a priest but we had drifted apart by the times of their ordinations.
Shortly after arriving in Dunedin I attended the consecration of Bishop Kelvin Wright and this year I have had the pleasure of attending the ordination as Deacons of 2 women in our parish.
However tomorrow night there is to be an ordination to the priesthood in the cathedral of a man. My only reason to attend would be to protest so will not be there.
David Booth is a member of St Matthews Dunedin , a parish which protested at the ordination in 2006 as Deacon of Rev Juan Kinnear, the partnered gay man who is now an associate priest in the cathedral. At the time I wrote to them and told them that when I moved to Dunedin I would not be worshipping at St Matthews. As I have told Juan, he is one of many reasons why I moved here.
Worse, David Booth wrote an article in September objecting to any recognition by the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia of gay partnerships. I have removed it from my computer but remember being very angry at statements that homosexuality was a choice and could be changed.
I have found this part
“In this paper I have highlighted the results of methodologically
sound research that shows homosexuality is a product of social rather
than biological factors and that gay relationships are significantly
different to heterosexual relationships as far as love, trust, fidelity,
and monogamy are concerned.
The evidence so far suggests that non-monogamy is essential for satisfying the male homosexual’s need for ever more satisfying sexual partners, and for ensuring the longevity of committed male same-sex relationships.
The evidence also suggests that non-monogamy is a significant factor in
there being higher levels of psychological disorder in homosexual
households than in heterosexual households."
A response from Dr Nora Dowse, more learned than I, included.
'it is a collection of studies and writings based on anecdotal evidence
dating from 45 years ago, with the inevitable question about qualitative
methodologies from that era:'
She also stated and I can agree that
Many of us know people who are in loving, loyal, committed gay relationships.
The recent developments in England and the sad tenure of Rowan Williams as Archbishop pf Canterbury show that we cannot reason or compromise with fundamentalists. They need to be opposed. This week I have read that, while we should pray for our enemies, we are not suppose to have no enemies. Jesus had enemies.
I have never met Rev David Booth but, from his writings, he is my enemy and I object to his being ordained a priest.