Some First Thoughts on the Marriage Survey

Well, Australia has voted “yes” in the much-debated Postal Survey on marriage. As I write this the Prime Minister is addressing a press conference speaking about an “overwhelming”, “emphatic” and “unequivocal” decision. The actual result was 61.6% in favour on a turnout of 79.5% (12,727,920 people voted). So let’s be clear on a few things: […]

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Trust Me, I’m a Doctor

According to an annual survey produced by Roy Morgan, doctors are one of the most trusted professions out there. They certainly make ministers of religion pale in comparison. I reckon this is right. I put my life into my doctor’s hands. If I didn’t trust him I’d go somewhere else. It’s even more pronounced when you […]

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Anglican Primates’ Meeting Abandons the Scottish Faithful

The Anglican Primates’ 2017 meeting which has just closed in Canterbury has ended with the issuing of a communiqué which has effectively abandoned those orthodox parishes who are now disenfranchised by the Scottish Episcopal Church’s change in marriage canons. The meeting, which began on Monday with the notable absence of a number of the GAFCON […]

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Lateline 11 September 2017

You can watch the video of last night’s “religious leaders” discussion on ABC Lateline here. Also check out Michael Jensen on the Drum earlier the same evening. http://media.blubrry.com/neutralbayang/p/mpegmedia.abc.net.au/news/lateline/video/201709/LATs_Panel_1109_512k.mp4Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS

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SEC Motion: Dean Raffel’s Speech as Proposer

from sydneyanglicans.net Across the Anglican communion churches are trying to work out how best to love people of diverse sexual orientation. This is important because all people are made in God’s image; and God hates nothing that he has made. It is important because all people are to be valued honoured and loved not only because they are […]

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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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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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