Australian House of Bishops agree to renewed adherence to Faithfulness in Service?

I’m getting firm indications from a number of sources close to the Australian House of Bishops that the bishops have agreed to clarify the application of Faithfulness in Service¬†for not only initial decisions about ordination but ongoing licensing decisions. This decision comes in the wake of many objections to the appointment as vicar of a […]

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Priest resigns from Gippsland Cathedral

We got word a while ago that the Rev. Stuart Lawson had resigned his position as Honorary Assistant Priest at the diocesan cathedral in Gippsland (and is still listed on their staff page as of the time of writing), ostensibly over the appointment of Rev. David Head. I wanted to clarify the situation and Rev. […]

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methinks he doth protest too much

Bishop McIntyre in his response to my questions¬†today I have not read your website and do not intend to. Bishop McIntyre in his¬†ABC Gippsland interview¬†(14:33) over a week ago …and of course you can’t do anything about the international blogs out there who just get the wrong side of the story and decide they’re going […]

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A(n Official) Question about Faithfulness in Service

The Anglican Church of Australia has produced a very helpful discussion guide [pdf] to accompany Faithfulness in Service¬†[pdf]. Faithfulness in Service (FiS)¬†is the church’s governing document with respect to professional standards of behaviour, not least for clergy. It covers, amongst other things, sexual behaviour. The discussion guide has some very helpful questions which allow a […]

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Bishop McIntyre on ABC Gippsland – have the rules been broken?

John McIntyre, Bishop of Gippsland has granted ABC Gippsland radio an interview. Here’s the full audio. At the time of posting there is no transcript. His tone is somewhat conciliatory but some questions remain and some inconsistencies are obvious. He repeats the “I didn’t ordain him” canard. I’m frankly slightly embarrassed for him on this […]

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