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Friend of Catholics named Perth's new Anglican Archbishop

A Sri Lankan-born bishop who has worked closely with Catholic Bishop Michael Malone while Anglican Bishop of Newcastle, has been appointed Archbishop of Perth.

Bishop Roger Herft, 56, is known for his concern for social justice. With Bishop Malone (pictured), he set up the Two Bishops' Trust to tackle problems caused by low incomes and unemployment in the region.

Bishop Herft, who has been Bishop of Newcastle since 1993, was regarded as a possible Archbishop of Canterbury. The West Australian describes him as "orthodox but progressive". He will take up his post next June after the retirement of Archbishop Peter Carnley, who will also retire as Primate of the Anglican Church in Australia. He is one of several diocesan bishops considered as a candidate for the Primacy.

An opponent of Australia's involvement in the war in Iraq, Bishop Herft said he would not shy away from controversy.

Perth Anglicans get a new Archbishop (The West Australian 15/9/04)

Anglican Church in Australia
Anglican Diocese of Perth
Two Bishops Trust

15 Sep 2004