ARCHBISHOP PHILIP FREIER

THOUGHTS AND OPINION


Child Sexual Abuse


Primate renews apology

04 Sep 2017  The Anglican Primate of Australia, Melbourne Archbishop Philip Freier, has apologised for church failures that allowed child sexual abuse by people in positions of power and trust inside the church over the decades. In his opening address to the Genera..Read More

Refugees


Please Minister, think again

01 Sep 2017  I am deeply concerned about Monday’s announcement by the Immigration Minister, Peter Dutton, that welfare services will be cut to around 100 asylum seekers who were brought here for medical treatment, apparently in an effort to force them back into proc..Read More

Same-sex marriage


Please vote in the plebiscite

26 Aug 2017  Soon Australians will be given the opportunity to vote on whether to change Australia’s marriage law to include same-sex marriage.  I want to encourage all Anglicans to exercise their democratic right and support the postal plebiscite. Although the ..Read More

Church


Hay and Hell and Booligal

10 Jul 2017  I survived Booligal, contrary to the warning of the great Australian poet Banjo Paterson, on a delightful trip to the Riverina at the weekend. Paterson’s poem Hay and Hell and Booligal, published in 1896, concludes: We'd have to stop!" With bated bre..Read More

Reconciliation


‘The Lazarus of Australia’

06 Jul 2017  Australian history, as taught in the 20th century, involves stirring tales of heroism and adventure in which the Indigenous people occupied the background as wild people who were soon pacificed by the expansion of civilisation. In fact white settlemen..Read More

Church


Letter to Australia’s bishops

03 Jul 2017  To the bishops of the Anglican Church of Australia Dear Brothers and Sisters, You will have received correspondence from Archbishop Glenn Davies and Bishop Richard Condie advising of their intention to participate in the consecration of a bishop fo..Read More

Energy


Finkel report welcome

13 Jun 2017  I welcome the report by Australia's chief scientist, Alan Finkel, into Australia's energy market. Few issues in Australian domestic politics and infrastructure have been more vexed than how to safeguard a secure and sustainable supply of energy with low e..Read More

Pentecost


Come and hear the wonders of God

01 Jun 2017  Come and hear the wonders of God Christians across the world speak many languages today, but it wasn’t always like this. In the early days of the faith the gospel had yet to reach all corners of the globe. Then, on the first Pentecost after Jesus..Read More