GAFCON Australia have responded with a strongly-worded statement to the growing crisis facing the Anglican Church of Australia following the decision by the synod of the Diocese of Wangaratta to authorise blessings for persons who have entered a same-sex marriage.
As well as criticising the Wangaratta decision as one which “has torn the fabric of our communion within the Anglican Church of Australia”, the statement highlights “a move in the Anglican Church of Australia away from our doctrine” and points to the decision of several dioceses to pursue same-sex blessings, as well as the Diocese of Grafton’s rejection of key elements of the national church’s Fundamental Declarations and Ruling Principles in its Constitution.
They also make an open invitation to any who are “troubled” by these moves to contact GAFCON Australia directly. This appears to be the first move to formalise support for those who are disenfranchised by the decisions made in their dioceses. The invitation is extend across the national church but also “including those in the Dioceses of Wangaratta and Grafton”.
The full text of the statement is below.