Bishop of Newcastle: “Our church allows for the possibility of the blessing of same-sex marriages”

The Bishop of Newcastle, Peter Stuart, has written a “pastoral letter” to his diocese which, while very verbose, has been understood to indicate that he now gives permission for “Wangaratta” blessings to occur in his diocese. In his letter, Bishop Stuart states that, Our church allows for the possibility of the blessing of same-sex marriages […]

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Newcastle Synod Decision A “Stitch-Up”

Last week davidould.net reported on the decision by the synod of Newcastle Diocese to approve 2 controversial bills. The first sought to change the Diocese’s disciplinary procedures so that being in a same-sex marriage was to not be considered an offence (including being considered as a breach of Faithfulness in Service). The second, which was […]

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Australia’s Anglican “Blessing” Liturgy – What is it?

The same-sex marriage blessing liturgy presented to the Wangaratta synod for their approval (and due to be presented to the upcoming Newcastle synod) is not a new piece of work but, rather, heavily dependent upon other similar liturgies first developed more than 20 years ago in the 1990s and earlier. Students of this topic will be aware of […]

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Anglican Bishop of Newcastle Proposes “Newcastle Way” on Marriage Question

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 […]

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Failure for Newcastle Diocese Challenge of Sydney Affiliated Churches Ordinance

The Appellate Tribunal of the Anglican Church of Australia has today issued an opinion on a series of questions put to it by the Diocese of Newcastle about the Diocese of Sydney‘s Affiliated Churches Ordinance [pdf]. The Ordinance allows for non-Anglican churches to affiliate with the Diocese of Sydney and so obtain a number of administrative and […]

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