GAFCON-Australia dismayed by Archbishop Freier’s condemnation

Aug 15, 2021 by

from Anglican Ink: The Board of Gafcon Australia expresses deep dismay that Archbishop Philip Freier has written in a letter to clergy that parishes leaving revisionist Dioceses may be seen as motivated by an attempt to ‘shed redress responsibilities’. This extraordinary suggestion is simply not true. Nor is this suggestion helpful for the survivors of sexual abuse. Sexual abuse by clergy and the institutional cover up of that abuse or avoidance of redress responsibilities are indefensibly...

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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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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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The growing schism in the Anglican Communion

Jul 24, 2021 by

by David Virtue, Virtueonline: It should be apparent by now to both Archbishop Justin Welby and Josiah Idowu-Fearon, Secretary General of the Anglican Consultative Council that the divisions within the Anglican Communion will not go away and are, in fact, irreversible. Divisions are deepening almost monthly, with increasing fragmentation over homosexual practice. New revelations about the trajectory of the Church of England, the Mother church, with a ‘Living in Love and Faith’...

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GAFCON Australia backs plan to form non-geographic diocese for Australian Anglicans

Jul 20, 2021 by

from Anglican Ink: Gafcon Australia has outlined its plan to support Anglicans who leave the Anglican Church of Australia over doctrinal revision which overturns the plain teaching of Scripture. At an online meeting replacing the postponed Gafcon Australasia conference on Monday, the Chair of Gafcon Australia, Bishop Richard Condie, expanded on Gafcon’s Commitment 2020. “With great sadness and regret, we realise that many faithful Anglican clergy and lay people will no longer be able to remain...

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