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ACCA CrestIs the Diocesan newsletter of the Anglican Catholic Church in Australia (TAC), which I must draw your attention to.

You can read them in pdf. format. Editions are to be found here.

 

 

Written by Fr Stephen Smuts

July 11, 2014 at 23:20

Human Remains Found In Crocodile In Australia

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It appears a man may have been eaten by a crocodile in Northern Territory in Australia, after human remains were found inside the creature close to where a man went missing on Saturday.

The Telegraph:

Australian police on Sunday found human remains inside a large crocodile that is believed to have snatched a man from a boat in a popular national park.

Police found the remains inside a 15-foot, 5-inch (4.7-metre) saltwater crocodile that park rangers shot while searching for a 62-year-old man who was attacked in Kakadu National Park on Saturday, Northern Territory Police Sergeant Andrew Hocking said.

The crocodile was one of two that were shot about 1 mile (1.5 kilometres) from the spot where the man was attacked, Hocking said.

Police were told the man, whose name has not been released, was on a boat with his wife, son and daughter-in-law when the crocodile snatched him.

The remains have not yet been formally identified. An investigation into the exact circumstances of the attack is underway.

It was the second deadly crocodile attack this year in Kakadu. In January, a 12-year-old boy was killed and his friend mauled by a crocodile as they swam in a water hole in the park.

Crocodile numbers have swelled across Australia’s tropical north since the species was protected by federal law in 1971. The crocodile population is densest in the Northern Territory, where Kakadu is located.

Salties are the world’s largest living reptiles.

Wikipedia has more on them here.

 

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June 8, 2014 at 17:56

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Australia Now Has Suicide Bombers…

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Has blown himself up in Syria.

An Australian jihadist fighting in Syria has reportedly blown himself up in a suicide bombing near a military airport in the country’s east.

For some time now concerns have been growing among the Australian intelligence community about the involvement of Australian jihadists who have travelled to fight in the Syrian conflict.

At least four Australians are known to have been killed in the fighting, but the news of the first Australian to become a suicide bomber is seen as a significant and troubling development.

According to various jihadi websites, at 5:45am on Wednesday the Australian known as Abu Asma al Australi drove a truck loaded with 12 tonnes of explosives into a checkpoint close to the Deir Al Zour military airport.

The website reports say the checkpoint, considered to be the first line of defence for the airport, was completely destroyed and 35 soldiers from the Assad regime were killed.

Abu Asma is described on one website as “our immigrant Lion”…

Rest here.

 

Written by Fr Stephen Smuts

September 13, 2013 at 16:31

Bishop Glenn Davies Elected as Anglican Archbishop of Sydney

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Anglican Ink is reporting news on one of the most important episcopal appointments in the Anglican Communion.

The Diocese of Sydney Synod has elected the Rt. Rev. Glenn Davies as its 12th archbishop in succession to the Most Rev Peter Jensen.

On 6 Aug 2013 the 800 members of synod chose Dr. Davies, the Bishop of North Sydney, to be the archbishop of Australia’s largest diocese, besting Canon Rick Smith, (49) rector of Naremburn-Cammeray Anglican Church.

Dr. Davies’ election as successor to Dr. Jensen thrusts the 62-year old archbishop-elect into the international Anglican spotlight, making him one of the de facto leaders of the conservative renewal movement of the Anglican Communion – and arguably the most influential “white” archbishop in the Communion after the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.

Details of the election have not yet been released, and a “social media” ban from the conference hall is in force, forbidding delegates from tweeting their news and views.

Biographical details of the new archbishop can be found at this website: (http://www.glenndavies.info/).

The new archbishop will be installed on 23 August 2013.

 

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August 6, 2013 at 16:08

Anglican Priest Finds Bracelet, Tries To Sell To Owners

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How selfish and greedy:

Maybe he thought the Lord said “finders keepers, losers weepers.”

An Australian Anglican priest who found a $6,500 bracelet and tried to sell it back to the owners has been humbled — and perhaps will be defrocked.

After media outcry and shaming from his archbishop boss, the Rev. Terry McAuliffe returned the diamond bracelet to Perth restauranteurs Clyde and Lesley Bevan Wednesday afternoon, Clyde Bevan told The Huffington Post.

The priest didn’t seem embarrassed during the exchange at the clergyman’s house, Bevan said.

But perhaps he should be: After reporting the lost bracelet to police, McAuliffe claimed it as his own and tracked down the owners through the bracelet’s security code. He then offered to return the jewelry to them for 50 percent of the value while the Bevans recover the loss by filing an insurance claim, the Australian Associated Press reported.

The reverend, a former lawyer, told outlets that his discovery was a “gift fallen from the sky.”

“I’m just offering to share the windfall,” he said.

But Wednesday, the only sharing seemed to be scorn for his actions.

“It’s certainly amazing and bizarre behavior,” Bevan said to HuffPost.

The Anglican Archbishop of Perth, Roger Herft, told the AAP that McAuliffe’s actions were “reprehensible” and that while the priest may have followed the law by asserting ownership after a few months, people expect more from religious leaders. The archbishop also said discipline could include McAuliffe’s removal from his post at St. Paul’s Anglican Church.

Bevan, who runs a restaurant called Friends with his wife, said Lesley happily wore the bracelet, which he gave to her as a birthday gift eight years ago. He thanked the press.

“If it wasn’t for the media asking probing questions and basically chasing him down the street with cameras, it wouldn’t have happened,” he explained.

He said that McAuliffe’s actions didn’t dim his view of the clergy. He explained that other priests had taken up a collection to pay the reverend for the bracelet in case he didn’t give it back.

“It restores my faith,” Bevan said.

‘Fallen from the sky’?!

The West Australian also has the story.

 

Written by Fr Stephen Smuts

June 27, 2013 at 06:47

Priest Wants Xenophon to Apologise

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And so he should!

An Adelaide priest who says he was wrongly named by Nick Xenophon in federal parliament as a perpetrator of sexual abuse wants Senate President John Hogg to discipline his fellow senator and is calling for parliamentary privilege to be reviewed.

Senator Xenophon used parliamentary privilege in September 2011 to name Monsignor Ian Dempsey as one of three priests who allegedly abused former head of the Traditional Anglican Communion, John Hepworth, in a Catholic seminary in the 1960s.

The South Australian Director of Public Prosecutions recommended earlier this month that no abuse charges be laid against Monsignor Dempsey, after a 19-month investigation found there was insufficient evidence for a jury to have a reasonable chance of convicting.

Monsignor Dempsey has written a letter to Senator Hogg, expected to arrive today, asking him to address the use of parliamentary privilege to name a person without accountability.Advertisement

“As well as reasonably expecting a public apology from Senator Xenophon, it may be time for the Senate to address the unique privilege of naming any Australian citizen without any accountability — and, as in my case, getting it terribly wrong,” Monsignor Dempsey wrote.

“I request that the Senate take steps to ensure other innocent people like myself will not be used for political purposes with no accountability for the accuser for destroying a person’s life.”

Monsignor Dempsey, who was suspended from his Adelaide parish of Brighton for 12 months, said in the letter that the “unjust act shamed my life forever”.

Monsignor Dempsey asked that the letter be circulated to all senators, and that Senator Xenophon apologise for his “cruel and false public condemnation”.

Senator Xenophon yesterday said he welcomed any scrutiny by the Senate. “I remain deeply dismayed with the appalling way the Adelaide Archdiocese of the Catholic Church failed to appropriately address in a timely manner Archbishop Hepworth’s allegations — in stark contrast to the Melbourne Archdiocese.”

 

Written by Fr Stephen Smuts

June 23, 2013 at 19:43

Happiness Is … Being an Aussie

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AussieMite and all…

For the third year in a row, Australia is ranked as the happiest country in the developed world, according to the Better Life Index survey.

National Geographic reports.

And that despite:

Well done!

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June 4, 2013 at 15:26

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