How the Rainbow fractured White

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 […]

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Bishop of Ballarat “will not be promoting” same-sex blessing liturgy

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 […]

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Ballarat Synod Asks Bishop to “Authorise” a liturgy for Same-Sex Blessings

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, […]

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And That Is What Some Of You Were … except in Melbourne

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 […]

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Dean of Brisbane to Urge Synod to Unilaterally “Explore Ways” to Bless Same-Sex Marriages

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 […]

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Dean of Brisbane Openly Repudiates Church’s Teaching on Marriage

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 […]

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