Policy on Churches
Mainstream people in Australia are usually Anglican, Methodist or Presbyterian. The Methodist Church is the leading church in Wales, while the Presbyterian Church is the leading church in Scotland and Northern Ireland. In the 1970s, the mainstream churches were taken over by Catholic infiltrators in what became known as the “Charismatic Movement”, in which mainstream people effectively had their church buildings stolen from them. If elected, we will steal them back.
If our party forms a State or Territory Government, we will pass legislation to merge the Angican Church and the Uniting Church. The new church will be called the “Established Church”. The “Established Church” will be run by a General Assembly elected by all residents of the State or Territory who were christened as Anglican, Methodist, Presbyterian or Uniting Church. Men who want to become clerics will have to study for a degree in divinity at a university in the State or Territory.
The “Established Church” will not be allowed to have priests who are women or homosexuals. It will use the Anglican liturgy from several decades back and the “Authorised King James Bible”. Churches will have organs, bells, pictures of saints on the walls, and sofas instead of pews. The “Established Church” will be in communion with the Greek Orthodox Church and will follow the theological teachings of John Calvin.
Anyone who wants to become a cleric of any religion will need the permission of the government. Clerics who are unmarried will be given frequent blood tests to find out whether they are having affairs. If an unmarried cleric is found to be having an affair, he or she will be banned from being a cleric. Sermons will have to be approved in advance by the government censor. Monks and nuns will have to be paid under an award, and will not be able to give their money to the church, but it will be looked after for them by the Public Trustee. Religious organisations will not be able to send funds outside the state.
We will pass legislation setting up a Roman Catholic Church of the State or Territory, which will take over the property previously owned by the trustees. This church will be run by a General Assembly elected by all residents of the State or Territory who were christened as Catholics. The General Assembly will appoint all clerics, including clerics who the Vatican does not want them to appoint. The church will be in communion with the Roman Catholic Church. Men who want to train as clerics will have to study for a degree in divinity at a university in the State or Territory. Lecturers in Catholic theology will need to be approved by the Vatican.