The disciplinary processes for dealing with rogue priests in almost every Anglican diocese in Australia are in doubt because of a landmark court challenge to their validity.
The head of the Anglican Church in Australia, Dr Phillip Aspinall, has asked to be heard in the legal action, which could open the floodgates for civil claims against the Church by priests who have been sacked or disciplined.
The application filed on behalf of Dr Aspinall warns that if the challenge to the standards ordinance succeeds, "it may have widespread and adverse consequences for all of the dioceses that make up the Anglican Church of Australia".
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