Ballarat Synod Asks Bishop to “Authorise” a liturgy for Same-Sex Blessings

The Diocese of Ballarat had it’s synod this past weekend and, unlike other dioceses in Australia, chose to pass a controversial motion supporting the blessing of same-sex marriages. The full text of the motion (which was passed unamended) was: That recognising the good work completed by last year’s Synod on the topic of same-sex marriage, […]

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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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Diocese of Wangaratta pushes ahead with Same-Sex Blessings

The Diocese of Wangaratta, at it’s recent synod, passed the following motion, That this Synod: a) acknowledges the widespread national and local support for the recent changes to Australian marriage laws, to include same-sex couples b) commends the pastoral value of the Bishop authorising a Form of Blessing for optional use in the Diocese of […]

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BREAKING: Archbishop of Melbourne Issues Ad Clerum on “Changes to the Marriage Law” – no sanctions to be applied

In his first public response to the story that davidould.net broke this week that 3 Anglican clergy in Melbourne participated in the liturgical celebration of a same-sex wedding, the Archbishop of Melbourne has issued the following ad clerum: davidould.net has received no direct response yet from the Diocese since reaching out for comment last Friday, […]

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Archdeacon of Melbourne Writes Against Bishops’ Marriage Policy

The Archdeacon of Melbourne, the Ven Dr Dr Craig D’Alton (vicar of St Mary’s North Melbourne) has published a blogpost on his site “Humane Catholic” suggesting an alternative to the recently publicised Australian Bishops’ Agreement on how to proceed over the question of same-sex marriage. “God is love, and those who live in love live […]

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