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Sydney synod: ‘accept ACNA’

05 November 2009

by Muriel Porter, Australia Correspondent

SYDNEY synod has endorsed the creation of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) and urged the rejection of the Vatican’s offer of a Personal Ordinariate for disaffected Anglicans.

The synod has also called for the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Australia to affirm that the Australian Church is in full communion with ACNA, and to encourage the study of the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) Jerusalem Declaration “as a means to Anglican identity and cohesion”. The synod’s move comes three weeks after the Melbourne diocesan synod rejected a motion to “extend the hand of Anglican Christian fellowship to the ACNA during this difficult time”.

Investment news. The chairman of the fund responsible for the invest­ment policy that wiped $A160 million from the diocese of Sydney’s endowment fund has apologised to the Sydney synod (News, 23 October).

The synod accepted the apology, after rejecting an amendment that would have censured the Board over the investment losses. Expressing regret for the losses, the synod resolution acknowledged that the Board’s decision to implement a gearing strategy had been within its authority.

Archbishops’ term of office. Sydney synod has approved moves to set a fixed term of office of ten years, with the possibility of a three-year exten­sion, for future Archbishops. It has asked the synod’s standing com­mittee to report back next year.

The proposal also includes the possibility of extending the tenure of an Archbishop for up to six months beyond retirement age if his retire­ment were to coincide either with a meeting of the Sydney synod or the General Synod.

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