The newly-installed Bishop of Newcastle, Peter Stuart, has announced the appointment of 2 new assistant bishops, one of them a woman.
Dear sisters and brothers,
I am delighted to inform you that the Diocesan Council has concurred with my nomination of the Venerable Canon Sonia Roulston to become the Assistant Bishop (Inland Episcopate) to exercise episcopal ministry in the Upper Hunter, Maitland and Paterson Deaneries as well as working closely with the Diocesan Ministry Council.
I am also delighted to inform you that the Diocesan Council has concurred with my nomination of the Venerable Charlie Murry to become the Assistant Bishop (Coastal Episcopate) to exercise episcopal ministry in the Central Coast, Lake Macquarie and Manning Deaneries as well as working closely with the Newcastle Anglican Church Corporation Board.
The appointment of a woman bishop was clearly signalled by Stuart upon his election as bishop. As the current Diocesan Archdeacon she was a natural choice for the position.
The Newcastle Herald reports on the appointments, describing it as an “historic move“.
image: Newcastle Herald
The report of three bishops makes it seem all is now rosy in the Newcastle Anglican diocesan garden.
The diocese has introduced a course on Safe Ministry with a 100 page training manual, and it expects all in ministry, even Parish Councillors, to undertake a full day of training so as to prevent child abuse. All people of goodwill will no doubt comply but they weren’t likely to be child abusers anyway.
What is being done by the three bishops to sort out the mess brought to light by the Royal Commissioner’s report? Is the new course a smoke screen to hide behind and pretend that everything is alright now? Have all the people mentioned in the Royal Commission evidence as alleged child abusers ceased to offend (despite all evidence that paedophiles rarely reform)? Where are the members of the alleged paedophile ring now? Aren’t many of them still in the diocese and active in their various roles? What is the present leadership doing to fulfill its responsibility that evil and illegal practices are stopped and the perpetrators brought to account?