- Thursday, June 19, 2014
Jamie Walker writes in The Australian:
Anglican Primate Phillip Aspinall is bowing out as titular head of the church in Australia after nine years bookended by bitter rows over child sexual abuse.
The 54-year-old will stay on as the Anglican Archbishop of Brisbane, his launch pad to the primacy. Having been appointed as archbishop when Peter Hollingworth was named governor-general in 2001, Dr Aspinall confronted allegations that the Brisbane diocese had failed to act against predatory priests and teachers employed by church schools.
He launched an inquiry that made devastating findings against his predecessor, contributing to Dr Hollingworth’s downfall in vice-regal office in 2003, two years before Dr Aspinall was elected spiritual leader of Australia’s 3.9 million Anglicans.
Image: Archbishops Phillip Aspinall and Barry Morgan, Lambeth Palace, Jully 2010 • Posted by Anglican Archives/Flickr
Biretta tip: George Conger, Anglican Ink