BREAKING: Australian General Synod notes SEC marriage canon “contrary to the doctrine of our Church and the teaching of Christ”

In a complex but mainly well-tempered debate the Anglican Church of Australia’s General Synod has passed a motion regarding the recent move by the Scottish Episcopal Church (SEC) to change their canons on marriage. The motion, passed by houses, noted with regret the SEC’s actions as “contrary to the doctrine of our church and the […]

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General Synod Day 1 – Dealing with the Past

As the first day of the Australian General Synod draws to a close delegates have spent much of their time thinking about some of the tragic lapses of the past and putting their mind to rectifying matters in the future. The President’s address (given by the Primate) began the theme of retrospection as he asked […]

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President’s Address, General Synod 2017 – Lament!

Archbishop Philip Freier’s opening address at the Australian Anglican General Synod has stressed the theme of lament, acknowledging “the pain and shame of our history” while steering well clear of speaking to the most contentious issues facing the gathered room – a number of referrals to the Appellate Tribunal of conservative bishops and dioceses. Freier […]

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BREAKING: Australian Anglican Appellate Tribunal to consider ACNA Consecration Participation

In a move that will clearly exacerbate tensions in the Anglican Church of Australia, the Primate (Archbishop Philip Freier) has referred to the Appellate Tribunal a number of questions concerning the recent attendance by Archbishop Glenn Davies of Sydney and Bishop Richard Condie of Tasmania at the recent ACNA consecration. Bishop Gary Nelson, of North […]

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Not All Equality is Equal

One of the central mantras of the campaign to redefine marriage is that it’s all about “equality”. We hear the language of “equal marriage”, “marriage equality” and even the claim that homosexuals are, somehow, “second-class citizens”. What are we to make of this claim? I think the key is to establish quite what proponents have […]

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