Australian Church News

  • Anglicans appreciate Royal Commission

    Fri 15, Dec 2017

    Statement by the head of the Anglican Church of Australia, Melbourne Archbishop Dr Philip Freier - The Anglican Church of Australia deeply appreciates the work of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, which presents its final report to Federal Parliament today.  The commissioners and their staff have been diligent for five years, delving into matters that must have been distressing for commissioners and staff as well as survivors.

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  • Bendigo’s new Anglican bishop named as Dr Matt Brain, from the Canberra-Goulburn diocese

    Fri 08, Dec 2017

    Bendigo’s future Anglican bishop has been revealed.  The Right Reverend Dr Matt Brain, an assistant bishop for the Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn, will be officially installed in his new position next February.

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  • Newcastle diocesan flaws allowed perpetrators to operate for more than 30 years: Royal Commission

    Thu 07, Dec 2017

    The Royal Commission report said Bishop Greg Thompson's experiences as leader of Newcastle's Anglicans from 2014 until this year demonstrated how important a healthy, educated community dialogue on child sexual abuse matters was to an institution's broader response to child sexual abuse.

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  • Resignation of Bishop Stuart Robinson

    Mon 04, Dec 2017

    Stuart Robinson, the Bishop of the Canberra-Goulburn Anglican diocese, has announced his resignation from the position, effective 31 March 2018.  Robinson, 58 — the diocese’s tenth bishop since 1863 — was elected November 2nd,  2008, following 20 years as a priest in the Sydney diocese and a three-year secondment to the Anglican Diocese in Europe. He served in Belgium.

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  • Bishop Peter Stuart elected Bishop of Newcastle

    Tue 28, Nov 2017

    The Hunter could have its first female Anglican assistant bishop in 2018 after the newly-elected Bishop of Newcastle, Peter Stuart, confirmed his “passionate support” for women in ministry.

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  • Archbishop laments passage of assisted dying bill, urges emphasis on palliative care

    Fri 24, Nov 2017

    Dr Freier says the legislation is 'dangerous and disturbing', while acknowledging its advocates have sincere motives.

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  • Anglican commission begins work to develop global safeguarding procedures

    Wed 15, Nov 2017

    An international commission established to make the Churches of the Anglican Communion safe places for children, young people and vulnerable adults has begun its work.

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  • Grafton bishop resigns

    Mon 06, Nov 2017

    The Anglican Bishop of Grafton, the Right Reverend Dr Sarah Macneil, has resigned, effective from March 3 next year. She announced her decision in a pastoral letter to her diocese, saying she had hoped to remain until 2020, when she turned 65, but questions of health had forced an early departure.

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  • Primates discuss evangelism

    Thu 05, Oct 2017

    A discussion about evangelism and discipleship strategies among the leaders of the Anglican Communion’s 39 independent provinces was so lively, it continued through the lunch break, the Archbishop of South East Asia said after the session on Wednesday, the Anglican Communion News Service reports.

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  • Lament, law-making, resolution and prayer on child abuse dominate General Synod

    Wed 20, Sep 2017

    The Anglican Church's national parliament faces up to the Church's failures and seeks a just way forward

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  • Government, Church need to get serious about climate: Synod

    Tue 12, Sep 2017

    The Federal Government should act with a “deepened sense of urgency” over its commitment to the 2015 Paris Climate Accord, according to a motion passed by the Anglican Church’s General Synod last week.

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  • Anglican Church offers formal apology to victims of domestic violence

    Thu 07, Sep 2017

    The Anglican Church of Australia has for the first time apologised to victims of domestic violence — many of whom, it says, have been let down by Church leaders and teachings — and pledged to undertake independent research into the nature and extent of family violence in Anglican communities.

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  • Church ready for redress

    Wed 06, Sep 2017

    The Anglican Church of Australia will set up an independent company to handle complaints and compensation to victims of sex abuse, enabling the church to join the Commonwealth redress scheme when it is announced.

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  • Synod passes National child protection rules

    Tue 05, Sep 2017

    Binding rules on all clergy and church workers have been passed during a debate on child protection at the Anglican Church of Australia Synod, meeting this week in Queensland.

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  • New Anglican Archbishop of Perth Elected

    Wed 30, Aug 2017

    The Right Reverend Kay Goldsworthy AO, Bishop of Gippsland, has been elected Archbishop of Perth after an extensive eight-month selection process and has the honour of being the first woman elected in Australia to the role of Archbishop.

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  • St David’s celebrates 175 years since Bishop’s chair brought to Hobart

    Sat 26, Aug 2017

    It's a nice chair, but not everything was quite so comfortable for the first Bishop of Tasmania.

    Bishop Francis Russell Nixon brought the hand-carved throne, a copy of Queen Victoria’s Coronation Chair, to Hobart 175 years ago.

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  • Bishops write to Premier

    Mon 31, Jul 2017

    Seven bishops based in Melbourne have written to Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews asking him to reconsider plans to legalise euthanasia. Here is the letter, which was published as an advertisement in the Herald-Sun on 31 July 2017.

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  • Bishop Alison Taylor to retire

    Thu 20, Jul 2017

    Bishop Taylor will return to Melbourne, where she was a vicar and archdeacon, and begin doctoral research in 2018.

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  • Welcoming the Stranger: World Refugee Week

    Wed 12, Jul 2017

    This year during World Refugee Week, the Anglican Alliance has joined other Christian bodies to make a common statement on respecting the dignity and rights of refugees.

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  • Primate regrets Australian bishops' participation in US consecration

    Mon 03, Jul 2017

    Two Australian bishops reject Dr Freier's advice and join consecration of a bishop outside the Anglican Communion Australia’s Anglican Primate, Archbishop Philip Freier of Melbourne, has expressed regret at the decision of two Australian bishops to participate in the consecration of a bishop for the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA), which is not in communion with the Australian church or the Archbishop of Canterbury.

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