Aug 19, 2021 by

GAFCON Australia is planning a new Diocese for Anglicans who feel they have to leave their existing denominational home. Chris Sugden Richard Condie In November 2020 the Appellate Tribunal of the Anglican Church of Australia (ACA) found no canonical objection to the Diocese of Wangaratta continuing services of blessing for same-sex unions. It used similar reasoning as the Church of England project Living in Love and Faith (LLF) – that theologians are divided over what Scripture says, and that...

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Archbishop of Melbourne condemns proposed GAFCON Australia diocese

Aug 11, 2021 by

by David Ould, Anglican Ink: The Archbishop of Melbourne and former Primate Philip Freier has issued a wide-ranging ad clerum. In his letter he addresses the recent move by Gafcon to clarify it’s position. I agree with the Primate’s view that there is no need for this “new church entity” – Anglican doctrine has not been changed by the recent Appellate Tribunal opinion or the effect of the Diocese of Wangaratta’s application of the national churches “Canon Concerning Services”. Undoubtedly, the...

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Newcastle (Australia) bishop lifts ban on same-sex blessings

Aug 10, 2021 by

by David Ould, Anglican Ink: In a move that can only serve to push the Anglican Church of Australia into much deeper crisis, the Bishop of Newcastle Peter Stuart has written a Pastoral Letter where he signals his approval of clergy conducting a blessing of couples married in a same-sex marriage. In his familiar style, Stuart does not explicitly state the change of conditions but his meaning has been clearly understood by its recipients: Clergy and lay representatives to the Synod will be aware...

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Two churches face more tension over same sex marriage

Aug 6, 2021 by

by John Sandeman, Eternity News: “Don’t get upset about same-sex marriages” is the message leaders of two of Australia’s largest church networks are giving to orthodox Christians. The Uniting Church is playing out in Sunnybank in southern Brisbane and the Anglican church in a letter to bishops (regional leaders) from their titular head. “There has not been a flood of same-sex blessings following the Appellate Tribunal opinion. Not a flood, not a trickle. Not a drip.” Archbishop Geoff Smith,...

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Australian Anglican Primate rips GAFCON plans to form new diocese

Aug 1, 2021 by

by David Virtue, Virtueonline: In a ‘Dear Episcopal Colleagues’ letter, the Anglican Primate of Australia, the Most Rev. Geoffrey Smith ripped plans by GAFCON Australia to form a new diocese. Smith cited a passage from St. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians 4.1-16 on the unity of the Church and quoted John Stott’s commentary as one of the two classic passages on Christian unity. The primate said he was struck by the contradiction he saw between the Ephesians passage and GAFCON’S statement....

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Australian show down over same-sex blessings postponed — General Synod postponed indefinitely

Feb 27, 2021 by

by John Sandeman, Anglican Ink: Australia’s Anglicans national meeting that was expected to deal with a the blessing in church of same sex civil marriages haas beeb postponed. The General Synod (GS) which was scheduled for the end of May has been deferred with no new date for the meeting. The GS consists of representatives from each region/diocese including Bishops, ministers and “laity” – ordinary Christians. The situation comes about because the question of blessings was raised by the...

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