Same-sex marriage plebiscite

Media release: Church can live with plebiscite result - Sept 9th 2016

Archbishop Philip Freier has written a pastoral letter to Anglican bishops on the proposed same-sex marriage plebiscite.

In the letter, Archbishop Freier recognises that Anglicans, like other Australians, hold a variety of positions in good faith. He says the Federal Government campaigned on the promise of a plebiscite and might reasonably expect to abide by it.

He suggests that the Anglican Church can preserve its view of holy matrimony while accepting that the Government has endorsed a wider view of marriage, as has already happened with protections for de facto relationships.

His overwhelming concern is that the tenor of the debate – on both sides – be constructive and respectful rather than harsh or vilifying.

Read the Full Text of the Archbishop's Letter

Anglican leader condemns maltreatment in detention

August 10, 2016

Church renews offer to help

Statement by the Anglican Primate of Australia, Melbourne Archbishop Philip Freier

The release of files from the asylum-seeker detention centre in Nauru published on the Guardian website today are shocking and saddening.

If true, they paint a picture of successive Australian governments abandoning vital moral principles and treating refugees with callous cruelty to send a message of deterrence. It is always wrong to use people as a means to another end.

Yet the Government has done this under stringent secrecy, because it knows that most Australians would repudiate such appalling maltreatment.

The Anglican Church of Australia, which already has several programs helping refugees, has indicated before that it stands ready to help in any way it can. I repeat this offer today.

We have also repeatedly asked the Government to end the cruel detention, especially of children, in these centres. It must act now in a morally responsible manner and move the asylum-seekers onshore.

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