My wife and I have recently joined the congregation of Hope Uniting church, here in Maroubra Junction.
I had left mainstream church shortly after the Transgender Marriage act was passed and applied for consideration for a vocation in 2003.
Originally ordained deacon in an Independent Catholic Church
I was Ordained to the Priesthood on the Feast of St. Francis 2015 after spending over 10 years as a deacon. My Ordaining Bishop was Bishop Peter Johnson of Christ Our Hope Community Sydney.
Having been one of 3 priests at Blue Mountains Franciscan church for a little over a year and before that, a deacon for 2 years I left there over a point of injustice.
Here I plan to examine such of St Francis’ writings as I have to hand and to re-examine the Sacramental Tradition that sent three of us back from the Roman denomination to a freer environment where such things are in want of redefinition.
AND with thought to the disenfranchised
Over the past two years I have experienced a paradigm shift in my conceptual beliefs of what Eucharist Signifies. This in the light of a Church where many of those disenfranchised, are, from Roman perspective, deprived of the Sacraments because there are no Independent Catholic Priests available to administer them; and the doctrines of that Denomination and the beliefs of its former members prevent them from receiving Christ within an alternative sacramental paradigm – because such so called ‘sacraments’ are invalid.
It is my intention to examine the contemporary Christian Church through the eyes of our Founder St. Francis of Assisi with special attention to a concept that once a hierarchy established itself the Eucharist was taken Hostage by what I will refer to as Levitical priests, rather than Priests after the Order of Melchizedek – and that the ransom payable by the people is far too high.