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Media release: Perth Archbishop Roger Herft stands aside

October 10 2016The Primate of the Anglican Church of Australia, Melbourne Archbishop Philip Freier, said that he acknowledges the decision of Perth Archbishop Roger Herft to stand aside from his position.

Archbishop Herft announced in a statement published on his website today that he is standing aside with immediate effect to focus on the Royal Commission’s inquiry into the Diocese of Newcastle, where Archbishop Herft was bishop from 1993 to 2005.

Archbishop Herft wrote that he had done this after much prayer, thought and consultation with his advisors to allow for the mission and ministry of the Diocese of Perth to flourish.

Dr Freier said his prayers and those of the Church were with Archbishop Herft and his family, the clergy and people of the dioceses of Perth and Newcastle, and all those affected by clergy sexual abuse.