Steve/Selina McMahon – A New Transgender Minister for the Diocese of Brisbane

Over the past few weeks davidould.net has received lots of correspondence about the latest transgender priest to “come out” in the Diocese of Brisbane. We’ve held off while the Appellate Tribunal story ran, we gathered some more information and in anticipation of a story that was published in the Australian this weekend. On 22 November […]

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GAFCON Issues “Commitment 2020” including contingency for “Extra-Provincial Diocese for Australia”

In a significant response to the Appellate Tribunal opinion of last month, GAFCON Australia have this afternoon issued their “Commitment 2020“. The Commitment, accompanied by a covering letter, sets out very clearly what steps they will take in order to respond to any further departures from orthodoxy in the Anglican Church of Australia. The cover […]

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Bishop of Newcastle: “Our church allows for the possibility of the blessing of same-sex marriages”

The Bishop of Newcastle, Peter Stuart, has written a “pastoral letter” to his diocese which, while very verbose, has been understood to indicate that he now gives permission for “Wangaratta” blessings to occur in his diocese. In his letter, Bishop Stuart states that, Our church allows for the possibility of the blessing of same-sex marriages […]

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Australian Bishops Issue Statement: “…there is not a common mind…”

The Australian House of Bishops, who have met again on Friday 20 November, have issued a statement in response to the Appellate Tribunal’s opinion. The bishops had already met the previous week, albeit briefly online, and that meeting was described to davidould.net as “difficult”. There was some expectation that this week’s meeting might result in […]

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“Erroneous and Unconvincing”. GAFCON Australia responds to Appellate Tribunal Opinion

GAFCON Australia have issued a first response to the Appellate Tribunal opinion and it’s a clear one. Here’s the key paragraph: …the Board of Gafcon Australia expresses its deep regret that the recent majority opinion of the Appellate Tribunal of the Anglican Church of Australia relies upon a disputed definition of the meaning of ‘doctrine’ […]

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Wangaratta and Newcastle Bishops Issue First Responses to Appellate Tribunal

The two bishops of the Dioceses at the centre of this week’s Appellate Tribunal opinions have issued their first responses. Bishop Peter Stuart of Newcastle sent his clergy a letter on Friday: Bishop Clarence Bester of Wangaratta issued a statement on Thursday. While both statements do not openly encourage clergy to conduct such “blessings”, neither […]

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