Anglican spiritual counsellors will not be using the term “spiritual” to describe their work, because it is inappropriate for them to be associated with a religion.
The ABC understands that this was the position at a meeting of the Catholic Spiritual Communion in Melbourne, but the Anglican Council of Australia (ACSA) did not want to go down this path, arguing that the term is appropriate in this context.
However, the ACSA said in a statement that it was “concerned” by the use of the term spiritual and the term has been used inappropriately in the past.
“The Anglican Church does not wish to be confused with the Catholic Church or the Church of England,” it said.
The Anglican Communion says it welcomes people of all faiths and no faith is “better than another”.
It also noted that the Anglicans use of “spirituality” was a matter for individual pastoral decisions and that it had no plans to use it again.
The term “metaphysics” is used in the Anglicanism, but Anglicans are not known for using it as a synonym for spirituality.
Anglican Counsellors Association (ACAA) chief executive Paul Hoggard said it was important for Anglicans to respect the differences between different religious traditions and that the use and misuse of terms was not acceptable.
“We have no idea what the Anglicaned Church is doing,” he said.
“I have no reason to think it is.
We need to use the term as it is.”
Mr Hoggar said Anglicans were often referred to as “prayerful” by their congregations.
“They use the word prayerful, it’s a phrase we would never use,” he added.
Anglicans in Australia are expected to attend church services on Sundays, but not to participate in Sunday Mass, as it has been the practice for many years.
Anglicanism has a history of opposing same-sex marriage, abortion and euthanasia, but Mr Haggard said Anglican leaders were supportive of LGBTI people.
“There is a long history of Anglican churches in Australia supporting LGBTI rights,” he told ABC Radio Melbourne.
Anglican bishops in Victoria, which is home to most of Australia’s Anglican congregations, said they did not oppose same-male-female marriage. “
However, the use in the church of the word ‘prayer’ is a word which I think is not appropriate to describe what Anglicans do.”
Anglican bishops in Victoria, which is home to most of Australia’s Anglican congregations, said they did not oppose same-male-female marriage.
Anglicandine Bishop of Western Australia, Richard Lloyd, said he was not surprised by the decision by the ACAA.
“It’s very unusual that a church which prays to God, is a place where we have to use ‘pray’ in that it’s not a word we would use in a conversation with a Christian,” he explained.
“But, I do find that when you talk about the Anglicas way of life, which includes their belief in the doctrine of baptism, and all of that, that I think can be understood.”
He said the word “pray” should not be used as a general synonym.
“In a way I’m not going to be surprised at all, but when you look at the Anglicanic Church and their belief system, I’m sure it will be understood,” he conceded.
Anglician Church of Australia president and chief executive Dr John Kelly said it would be “inexcusable” to use “praying” as a term of endearment to people in Anglicanism.
“That is a great compliment to them, but I think that that’s just another word to them,” he argued.
“And I think they should get over it.”
Anglicans also oppose euthanasia and same-person marriages.
Dr Kelly said the use “euthanasia” as an Anglican term of Endearment was “inappropriate” and he would not use it in the future.
“If we want to use a term that is appropriate for our community, we don’t have to,” he stated.
Anglicannical Church of Victoria president Dr Richard Lloyd said the Anglicaning Church of Tasmania would not be changing its use of this word.
Anglicen Churches are not allowed to adopt the term, but Dr Lloyd said he believed it was appropriate.
“As a matter of principle I would not say we have no word for that, but we do not have any word to use that would be acceptable,” he concluded.
Anglicas in Australia and overseas have been in a heated battle over the term.
Anglicany’s use of prayer, or “prayers”, is a term used by Anglican Churches.
Anglicancan Church of Queensland president Dr Patrick O’Connor said the term should not appear in a context that implied the Church’s position.
“What I would say to people who are offended is that there is no word we