THE Sydney Anglican Church has warned that domestic abuse remains a significant social problem within its ranks and has vowed to stamp it out.
At the church’s recent synod, a motion was passed acknowledging that domestic abuse was a major problem within the church, and called on victims of clergy and church workers to report perpetrators to the church’s Professional Standards Unit.
But some clergy, including Reverend Andrew Sempell, the rector of the prominent St James Church in the CBD’s legal precinct, said it could be the diocese’s own teaching that was part of the problem.
Sydney’s literalist interpretation of the Bible, in which St Paul calls for wives to submit to their husbands and forbids any woman to have authority over a man, was playing into the hands of inadequate, controlling men, he said.
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