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Two More Evangelicals on Anglican Church's 'High Court'

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    CALLED OUT INFORMATION SERVICE From the Anglican Communion News Service. ... AUSTRALIA - 26 January 2001 Two More Evangelicals Gain Positions on Church s High
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 30, 2001
      CALLED OUT INFORMATION SERVICE
      From the Anglican Communion News Service.
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      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
      Brain said.

      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
      Church
      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,"
      he said.

      "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
      Synod canons.

      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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