It’s almost a year to the day that we received the results of the Australian postal survey on a change to our marriage law. During the debate we were told that this was only about one little change to include homosexual people in a social institution. Nothing else was at stake, nobody would lose out […]
The Bishop of Ballarat, Garry Wetherill, has set out his response to the recent action of his synod in asking him to authorise a rite of blessing for same-sex couples who have entered into a marriage. Writing in the diocese’s regular “dNews”, he says the following: A controversial motion, recognising the reality of same gender […]
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, […]
Kevin and I discuss the latest round of synods in Australia and the uniform failure of liberalisers to get their same-sex blessing motions accepted.
But it’s not really a lack of understanding. It’s a lack of empathy and an unwillingness to seek to understand. The Supreme Court were abundantly clear and not hard to understand at all:
There was another baker down the road who would gladly bake his cake.
The Diocese of Adelaide has published its papers [pdf] for their upcoming synod, 19-21 October 2018. Before getting to the contentious stuff davidould.net notes that this is by far the best branded synod we’ve seen so far. We love the use of those primary colours and the clear fonts. Readers may not be so happy with what’s in the […]
Melbourne diocese’s upcoming synod has a motion seeking to ban all reparative therapy for people experiencing same-sex attraction; the so-called “gay conversion therapy”. Here’s the full text of the motion: 21 Conversion Therapy That Synod a) acknowledges that all people are made in the image of God, regardless of sexuality or gender identity b) endorses […]
In a move that can only be seen as open defiance against their diocesan bishop, the Primate of Australia Archbishop Philip Freier, liberals in Melbourne have put up a motion for their October synod seeking blessings of same-sex relationships. The wording of the motion is as follows: 10 Form of Blessing for Civil Marriages That […]
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 […]
In an opinion piece published in the Brisbane Times the Dean of Brisbane, Peter Catt, is the latest senior Anglican clergyman to openly challenge the Anglican Church of Australia’s position on marriage. His piece is interesting in that it lays down an implicit challenge to those who would oppose him: The form of blessing we have […]