Dear Archbishop Freier,
St Paul’s Cathedral is one of my favourite sacred places in Melbourne.
But there is a partisan political statement on the front of the cathedral which isn’t a fully lived truth. It offends and hurts me.
This massive poster advocates fully welcoming refugees.
Only God can fully welcome anyone anywhere.
You yourself have acknowledged to me personally that I am a refugee from Australia in Australia.
That means a lot to me.
Yesterday, a wonderful young priest, who is currently regenerating what an Anglican service can be in the cathedral, did fully welcome me at the cathedral, but the number one guy in her mostly male hierarchy advised her to stop fully welcoming a member of the public like me. And she decided to follow his advice. I was personally hurt and to deal with that I am writing this letter.
She was living and breathing what I consider the glorious metaphor of the story of Jesus. This story taught and teaches humanity that God is family and we must follow family. That is very impressive Christian discipleship.
Archbishop, perhaps it’s time for the Dean to take down the banner at the cathedral which seems to me to make a promise that you and your people cannot keep.
If that can’t be done in a hurry, can you give me half an hour of your time to look more fully at my ideas?
I’d call that living in The Word.
Do have 30 minutes to spare to live like that with me?
Geoff Fox, Mens Rights Dissident, Australia
June 29, 2022