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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BREAKING: Appellate Tribunal Issues Majority Opinion Backing Same-Sex Blessing Liturgy

The Appellate Tribunal of the Anglican Church of Australia has issued it’s opinion on perhaps the most controversial question ever put before it: is the liturgy from Wangaratta to bless the parties of a same-sex marriage consistent with the Fundamental Declarations and Ruling Principles in the Constitution of the Anglican Church of Australia? The answer […]

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