The decision today by Rugby Australia’s tribunal to terminate the contract of Israel Folau should make the whole of Australia sit up, take notice, and be warned. The sacking of Folau marks the crystallisation of a movement in our society that many of us warned about in the run-up to the postal vote on marriage […]
The Anglican Bishop of Newcastle, Peter Stuart, has today issued a Pastoral Letter that seeks to chart a course forward for the diocese on the vexed question of marriage. In his letter, issued to leaders across the diocese, he draws attention to the current tensions in the Anglican Church of Australia over the debate, noting […]
Dear Australia, I love you but you really do need to grow up. So Izzy said something you didn’t like. People do that. When I was young and got upset by somebody saying something mean it wasn’t long before I heard the mantra “sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt […]
In A War of Loves, David Bennett has written a stimulating book that will challenge many different segments of the church over the question of human sexuality and identity. A War of Loves is not the book that many people (from all across the spectrum of opinion) will have wanted to read but, because of that, it might […]
You’re a sinner. I don’t know what your particular proclivity is but I do know one thing for sure. You’re a sinner. Mind you, I’m a sinner too but it could be that you didn’t even get to this second line because you were already offended by what I wrote. That’s your prerogative, but it […]
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.