More Same-Sex Blessings motions fail to pass in Australian Synods

This past weekend saw synods in the metropolitan dioceses of Melbourne and Adelaide here in Australia. We’ve previously reported on the proposed motions there (Melbourne, Adelaide) to provide for blessings of same-sex marriages contracted by civil celebrants. As is becoming clear, these motions are part of a coordinated campaign across the whole country. In both […]

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Dean of Brisbane to Urge Synod to Unilaterally “Explore Ways” to Bless Same-Sex Marriages

The Diocese of Brisbane’s 2018 Synod will be held 5-7 October and their business paper [pdf] has been published. Of particular interest is motion 15. 15. Civil Marriage & Blessings The Very Rev’d Peter Catt to move; tba seconding: “That this Synod: notes that it has previously supported and encouraged the Social Responsibilities Committee in the […]

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Bishop of Bendigo Defends His Statements on Marriage

The Bishop of Bendigo, Andrew Curnow, has used his “The Bishop Writes” column in the October/November edition of the diocese’s monthly newspaper “The Spirit” [pdf] to defend his comments last month about the current national debate on marriage redefinition. Readers of davidould.net will be interested to learn that this website is named in Bishop Curnow’s comments. […]

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Brisbane Synod refuses to affirm doctrine of marriage

In stark contrast to the national General Synod held earlier this month in Maroochydore, the synod of the diocese of Brisbane (“Southern Queensland”) has refused to uphold the biblical doctrine of marriage. The original motion (#5 on the business paper [pdf]) was a very simple: “That in the view of the impending plebiscite regarding possible significant […]

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Bishop Curnow of Bendigo supports changing Christian view of Marriage and Euthanasia

The retiring bishop of Bendigo, Andrew Curnow, has used one of his very last columns in the diocesan newspaper “Spirit” to come out in support of both marriage redefinition and upcoming legislation in Victoria for euthanasia. Sources tell davidould.net that his remarks in the September 2017 issue have left many in the diocese “not happy and very disappointed”. The […]

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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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