davidould.net has obtained the order of service for the service of Morning Prayer on 14 September during which the marriage of John Davis and Robert Whalley was affirmed. There is no mention in the order of service of a blessing for Davis and Whalley and yet it is clear from photographs and the comments of […]
The Bishop of Newcastle, Dr Peter Stuart, has written to his diocese outlining plans for the upcoming synod including a bill for a liturgy for the blessing of persons in same-sex marriages. Bishop Stuart notes the ongoing tensions in the Anglican Church of Australia over this issue and also reminds the diocese that the matter […]
update 18 September 2019: St John’s Toorak has removed both the offer of blessings for same-sex marriages and their statement of “deep regret” from their website’s “Weddings FAQ” page. Whether the parish is still offering such blessings is unclear. The quote below of the original offer of such blessings includes a link to a screen […]
A keen-eyed reader of davidould.net has pointed out something very interesting that happened in the middle of the growing crisis arising out of the Wangaratta same-sex wedding. The wedding of self-proclaimed “poster-boys” for same-sex marriage in the Anglican Church of Australia, Archdeacon-emeritus John Davis and Robert Whalley, was not a simple non-religious occasion. It contained […]
The Bendigo Advertiser is reporting that Rev Noel Richards, a priest on the staff of St Paul’s Cathedral Bendigo, is to enter into a same-sex marriage in October. When Drew Reid proposed to Father Noel Richards, it was an evening like any other for the Bendigo couple. … Drew and Father Noel, who have been […]
The Border Mail is reporting tonight (to be published tomorrow morning) that the liturgy for blessing the parties to a same-sex marriage will not be used this Saturday. The delay is in response to the Primate’s request not to carry out the service until the Appellate Tribunal has considered the matter. Bishop Parkes said he […]
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 […]
Below is the bill that was passed by the Synod of the Diocese of Wangaratta on 31 August 2019. We’ll provide more comment in due course.
As foreshadowed, the Primate has referred the matter of Wangaratta’s blessing of individuals in a same-sex marriage to the Appellate Tribunal. The full referral letter is set out below: Over the coming weeks we’ll be preparing an analysis of these questions and some suggested answers.