The article, below, published in the CON/EVO publication ‘Sydney Anglicans’ – which clearly identifies the relationship of the Sydney diocese with the breakaway provinces of the Anglican Communion under the conservative tribal GAFCON sodality – is headed by the photograph of former Archbishop of Sydney, Peter Jensen, one of the founding prelates of this schismatically-inclined ‘Anglican’ entity. Formerly the Chair of Gafcon, now one of its most active supporters, Jensen has handed down his role as Gafcon leader to a U.S. member of ACNA, which organisation, in turn, was sponsored and supported by the Gafcon Prelates.
Thus; in the Anglican world – split between those provinces the worldwide Anglican Communion that still look to the Founding Province of Canterbury for inspiration and schism, and those provinces that have declared their moral separation, on the grounds of an outdated view of Scripture that still supports a culture of institutional homophobia, sexism and misogyny – GAFCON has supported the setting up of rival pseudo-Anglican Churches in North America, England, and now, New Zealand.
In the second picture (provided in this link) we see the same African Archbishop, Ben Kwashi, Primate of Nigeria, this time with the new Chair of GAFCON, ACNA Archbishop Foley Beach, who presided at the recent ordination of a schismatic minister from the Anglican Church, here in New Zealand to become Gafcon’s first bishop of a new rival (pseudo) Anglican Church in our country.
With GAFCON’s history of planting rival Anglican Churches around the world – in an effort to combat the more liberal influence of the local Anglican Churches loyal to Lambeth and the original Province of Canterbury – one wonders what effect this visitation by one of Africa’s more influential Gafcon prelates might have upon the movement towards schism in the Sydney Anglican Community, which has already threatened to disassociate from the Australian Anglican Province on issues of gender and sexuality that have already been settled in other parts of the Anglican Communion?
A recent Gafcon pronouncement about the upcoming Lambeth Conference was issued to the effect that the determination of the organisers to focus on the urgent problems of world poverty and climate change (which is wreaking more havoc in the Third World, which holds the most Gafcon provinces) was of minor importance compared with the need to address what Gafconites see as the moral ‘problems’ of gender and sexuality issues? One wonders what Jesus might say about that?
(I have just noticed that bishop Jay Behan, the new leader of New Zealand’s schismatic – ‘Anglican Church’, will be one of the delegates to this conference, hosted by dissident Australian ‘Anglicans’)
Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand
African church leader to address GAFCON Australasia
Posted on May 30, 2022
Filed under GAFCON
“A national church gathering of the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) Australasia will hear from international leaders including GAFCON General Secretary, Archbishop Ben Kwashi. …”
– Russell Powell at SydneyAnglicans.net gives a preview of the conference.
Photo: Archbishop Kwashi with Archbishop Peter Jensen in Jerusalem in 2018.