This last weekend saw synods in the dioceses of both Brisbane and Perth. Brisbane debated Dean Peter Catt’s motion to ask for blessings of same-sex marriages (as previously reported here). In what was as well-run debate, carefully moderated by Archbishop Phillip Aspinall, Catt’s motion was considered in an amended form that made what was at […]
The Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse has been a sobering event for many churches and other groups, not least the Anglican Church of Australia. While there were a number of quite harrowing case studies, the most attention was drawn to Case Study 42, looking at past events in the Diocese of […]
As the first day of the Australian General Synod draws to a close delegates have spent much of their time thinking about some of the tragic lapses of the past and putting their mind to rectifying matters in the future. The President’s address (given by the Primate) began the theme of retrospection as he asked […]
This posted up on the Perth Diocesan website Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ I have returned from long service leave. In God’s providence it was good to have this time away. I was grateful to have the opportunity to meet with members of the Diocese in recent weeks. I am grateful to each of […]
As we reported last Friday, the entire council of Newcastle Cathedral has been removed from their positions. The Newcastle Herald has it’s own version of the story: NEWCASTLE Christchurch Cathedral’s parish council has been sacked, and senior Anglicans have been stood down, after the royal commission heard evidence of “coordinated opposition” to Bishop Greg Thompson following public […]
Archbishop Roger Herft has issued a pastoral letter [pdf] responding to questions around his future following his testimony at the Royal Commission.
Perhaps the most explosive element of last Tuesday’s hearings at the Royal Commission here in Australia was the closing testimony of Robert Caddies, a lawyer who had previous served the Diocese of Newcastle. Caddies was one of a number of members of the diocese who had signed a letter sent to Justice McClellan, the presiding judge at […]
This week has been an awful one for Archbishop of Perth, Roger Herft. On Monday and Tuesday he faced sustained questioning at the Royal Commission on Institutional Responses to Child Abuse about his leadership of the Diocese of Newcastle at a time when many allegations were made that clergy and lay leaders had sexually abused children. […]