Former Sydney Prelate pontificates on Lambeth

One of the self-styled ‘Orthodox Anglican‘ prelates from the Anglican Diocese of Sydney, Australia, Peter Jensen (retired), gets his chance to pontificate about his opinion of ‘what is wrong’ with the world-wide Anglican Communion, on a noted protestant web-site The Pastor’s Heart in Sydney’s Con/Evo heartland.

As one of the founding architects of the Global South entity – part of which became (and the rest of which will soon be joining) the already schismatically-inclined GAFCON conglomerate – Jensen has remained connected with the business of discrediting the non-G.S. Provinces of the Anglican Communion for what he and the Gafcon Leaders see as heterodox support for LGBTQI people in our Anglican Church family.

A product, himself, of the 39-Articular, Sola-Scriptura theology of Sydney’s Moore College (which trains the majority of Sydney’s male-only con/evo priests in the singularly-conservative evangelical strand of Anglican theology); Jensen has been engaged in encouraging conservative African bishops to join together in solidarity with his resources-rich Sydney archdiocese to push the evangelical ‘holiness’ vision into the outermost provinces of the Anglican Communion. (Sydney Diocese/Moore contributed AU$1,000,000 recently in a campaign to prevent legal S/S Marriage)

This evangelising activity first bore fruit in the missionizing invasion of the (Anglican) Episcopal Church in North America (T.E.C.) after that Church had ordained its first gay-partnered bishop. This action signalled – for Jensen, and other conservative evangelicals in the Anglican world (mostly in churches on the African continent and in Asia, which had been missionized by C.M.S. missionaries in the Victorian era) – a call to revolutionary action demanding the exclusion of TEC from full membership of the world-wide Anglican Communion.

There has never been an instrument of ecclesial authority that could legally take such action (the A.C.C. being a family of independent Churches gathering together under the maternal influence of the Church of England and the See of Canterbury). However, the action that was then taken by the Archbishop of Canterbury of that time was to dis-invite the gay-partnered Bishop Gene Robinson from a subsequent meeting of the Lambeth Conference held in 1988.

The Sydney Anglican Diocese – and its ancillary School of Theology at Moore College has always – from its inception (founded by conservative Evangelical partners from the U.K. in 1856) – been concerned to propagate a gospel of primitive evangelical provenance, based on a ‘sola-Scriptura’ model of pietistic scholarship. This has involved the exclusion of women from the ordained ministry – until recently, when Moore College decided to recruit women on training for the historic perpetual diaconate. It has also long advocated Lay Presidency at the celebration of the Last Supper (Holy Communion) – in contravention to the more catholic Eucharistic tradition maintained by most Anglican Churches in the West.

Mr. Jensen is obviously out to take advantage of the recent kerfuffle at the just-complete Lambeth Conference of Anglican bishops, where Bishops from the Global South were continuing to press for the ratification of the now outdated (and homophobic) Lambeth 1:10 resolution of 1998; which, however, was not ratified at Lambeth this time around – despite the recommendations of a petition circulated by some bishops from the Global South Anglican Fellowship

Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand

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Peter Jensen on Lambeth — Repentance is needed

Posted on August 9, 2022 
Filed under Anglican CommunionGAFCONGlobal SouthLambeth 2022

From The Pastor’s Heart:

“The Anglican Communion is broken and needs to repent.

Provinces of the Anglican Communion are now free to develop their own teaching on sexuality, according to the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.

There will be no contending for the faith (cf Jude 1:3) or withdrawing fellowship from the sexually immoral.

Archbishop of Canterbury Archbishop Justin Welby arranged the Lambeth Conference so that delegates didn’t get to vote on the most contentious issue of the day – sexuality.

Rather he wrote to delegates announcing that Lambeth 1:10 still applied, but there would be no consequences for ignoring it.

Former Archbishop of Sydney and former General Secretary of Gafcon Peter Jensen joins us to review the confusion in global Anglicanism in the wake of Lambeth22.”

– Watch or listen here. A fascinating and encouraging discussion. Do watch right to the end.

Peter Jensen on Lambeth — Repentance is needed

Posted on August 9, 2022 
Filed under Anglican CommunionGAFCONGlobal SouthLambeth 2022

From The Pastor’s Heart:

“The Anglican Communion is broken and needs to repent.

Provinces of the Anglican Communion are now free to develop their own teaching on sexuality, according to the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.

There will be no contending for the faith (cf Jude 1:3) or withdrawing fellowship from the sexually immoral.

Archbishop of Canterbury Archbishop Justin Welby arranged the Lambeth Conference so that delegates didn’t get to vote on the most contentious issue of the day – sexuality.

Rather he wrote to delegates announcing that Lambeth 1:10 still applied, but there would be no consequences for ignoring it.

Former Archbishop of Sydney and former General Secretary of Gafcon Peter Jensen joins us to review the confusion in global Anglicanism in the wake of Lambeth22.”

– Watch or listen here. A fascinating and encouraging discussion. Do watch right to the end.

Peter Jensen on Lambeth – Repentance is needed

Posted on August 9, 2022 
Filed under Anglican CommunionGAFCONGlobal SouthLambeth 2022

From The Pastor’s Heart:

“The Anglican Communion is broken and needs to repent.

Provinces of the Anglican Communion are now free to develop their own teaching on sexuality, according to the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.

There will be no contending for the faith (cf Jude 1:3) or withdrawing fellowship from the sexually immoral.

Archbishop of Canterbury Archbishop Justin Welby arranged the Lambeth Conference so that delegates didn’t get to vote on the most contentious issue of the day – sexuality.

Rather he wrote to delegates announcing that Lambeth 1:10 still applied, but there would be no consequences for ignoring it.

Former Archbishop of Sydney and former General Secretary of Gafcon Peter Jensen joins us to review the confusion in global Anglicanism in the wake of Lambeth22.”

– Watch or listen here. A fascinating and encouraging discussion. Do watch right to the end.

About kiwianglo

Retired Anglican priest, living in Christchurch, New Zealand. Ardent supporter of LGBT Community, and blogger on 'Thinking Anglicans UK' site. Theology: liberal, Anglo-Catholic & traditional. regarding each person as a unique expression of Christ, and therefore lovable.
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