Ridley College in Melbourne have issued a statement in the form of an open letter affirming the Biblical doctrine of marriage. The statement marks a significant contribution to the current Australian Anglican conversation on marriage brought about by the unilateral decision of Wangaratta Diocese to approve a liturgy for the blessing of persons in a […]
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 […]
St John’s Anglican Cathedral in Brisbane has ended an extensive engagement with the city’s “Pride” festival with their annual “Pride Evensong”. The event, typically attracting a congregation of around 40, included a sermon by Rev. Steve McMahon of St Paul’s Ipswich. In his sermon for St Michael and All Angels, entitled “Why is celebrating Pride […]
update 18 September 2019: St John’s Toorak has removed both the offer of blessings for same-sex marriages and their statement of “deep regret” from their website’s “Weddings FAQ” page. Whether the parish is still offering such blessings is unclear. The quote below of the original offer of such blessings includes a link to a screen […]
A keen-eyed reader of davidould.net has pointed out something very interesting that happened in the middle of the growing crisis arising out of the Wangaratta same-sex wedding. The wedding of self-proclaimed “poster-boys” for same-sex marriage in the Anglican Church of Australia, Archdeacon-emeritus John Davis and Robert Whalley, was not a simple non-religious occasion. It contained […]
The Bendigo Advertiser is reporting that Rev Noel Richards, a priest on the staff of St Paul’s Cathedral Bendigo, is to enter into a same-sex marriage in October. When Drew Reid proposed to Father Noel Richards, it was an evening like any other for the Bendigo couple. … Drew and Father Noel, who have been […]
The Border Mail is reporting tonight (to be published tomorrow morning) that the liturgy for blessing the parties to a same-sex marriage will not be used this Saturday. The delay is in response to the Primate’s request not to carry out the service until the Appellate Tribunal has considered the matter. Bishop Parkes said he […]
Below is the bill that was passed by the Synod of the Diocese of Wangaratta on 31 August 2019. We’ll provide more comment in due course.
As foreshadowed, the Primate has referred the matter of Wangaratta’s blessing of individuals in a same-sex marriage to the Appellate Tribunal. The full referral letter is set out below: Over the coming weeks we’ll be preparing an analysis of these questions and some suggested answers.