Two More Evangelicals on Anglican Church's 'High Court'
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From the Anglican Communion News Service.
AUSTRALIA - 26 January 2001
Two More Evangelicals Gain Positions on Church's 'High Court'
by Jeremy Halcrow
[Anglican Media Sydney] The Bishop of Armidale, the Right Rev Peter
Brain, has been elected to the Appellate Tribunal of the Anglican
Church of Australia. He was elected in a postal ballot of members of
General Synod's House of Clergy, to fill the vacancy created by the
retirement of Bishop Bruce Wilson.
Bishop Brain said 'it was a bit of surprise' to be elected but it was
also 'a great honour'.
"I ask that people might pray that I'll have wisdom in my
decision-making if and when the Appellate Tribunal does meet," Bishop
He is the second evangelical to be elected to the Appellate Tribunal
- the Church's highest legal body - to fill recent vacancies. The
Bishop of North-West Australia, the Right Rev Tony Nichols, was
elected in November by the House of Laity. Also on the Appellate
Tribunal are Justice Peter Young and Justice Keith Handley, both from
Sydney Diocese, Justice Clive Tadgell from Melbourne Diocese, Justice
David Bleby from Adelaide Diocese and the Archbishop of Adelaide, the
Most Rev Ian George.
The Rev Canon Bruce Ballantine-Jones, president of the Anglican
League, welcomed the election of Bishop Brain along with Bishop
Nichols. "Should the Appellate Tribunal be called on to consider
matters, members of the Church can be confident they will execute
their role in a way that is appropriate for the good of the Church,"
"Bishop Brain is a very competent and fair person who is thoroughly
committed to biblical truth as expressed in Anglican formularies."
Canon Ballantine-Jones said the election of the two bishops was
significant because the Appellate Tribunal is 'like a High Court' for
the Anglican Church.
"The Appellate Tribunal is important because under the Constitution
it can make determinations as to the constitutionality of General
Also it can be very influential in giving non-binding opinions
because of the high regard many hold the Tribunal in," he said. Under
the Constitution of the Anglican Church of Australia, it is the final
legal arbiter in matters of doctrine and order.
The Appellate Tribunal recently ruled that lay administration
(presidency) of Holy Communion was not contrary to the constitution
of the Anglican Church of Australia. It is unlikely to consider the
matter again in the near future
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