Peter Jensen, once again tries to make his mark as the voice of the ‘Global South’ in Anglicanism. This former archbishop of Sydney was possibly the first Western Prelate to incite this internecine strife amongst world-wide Anglicans – on the solitary issue of homosexuality which, despite arguments to the contrary, is at the root of this widening gap between Western and African understandings of human sexuality.
Despite Jensen’s claim that the GAFCON’s provision of a bishop for their piratical offshoot AMiE (already operating as a rival to the Church of England) is not meant to drive a wedge between its client church and the Churches of England and Wales and the Scottish Episcopal Church; it would seem that this is precisely their intention.
This is what happened in the U.S.A. and Canada, when conservatives sought oversight from conservative African Churches, and the incipient GAFCON movement provided their own brand of episcopal leadership which fostered schismatic breakaway from the U.S. Episcopal Church (TEC) and the Anglican Church of Canada.
The point at issue is whether, or not, the U.K. Anglican Church Leaders will take this threat seriously. Or will there be a new offshoot of the schismatic likes of ACNA in North America, which claims to represent what GAFCON is please to call ‘Orthodoxy’ – based on the Sola scriptura model of Sydney Anglicanism
Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand