If my Readers want to understand what’s actually going on in the Shadow-Anglican world of the GAFCON in Australia, here is the sad (yet strangely entertaining and triumphalist) video issued for release by what some observers are wont to call the ‘Gaffe-Con’ – of its current gathering in Canberra. The picture of a bearded man in the opening seconds of the video is a reminder of Captain Hook, ready to assist his fellow gafconites to ‘walk the plank’ – away from the comparative safety of the bark of the official Anglican Church in Australia – into schismatic waters
It has been said that ‘Schism is a Horrid Thing‘. However, not for these dedicated culture warriors, who, led by the immediately-previous Archbishop of Sydney, Glenn Davies, will embark on the consolidation and hopeful growth of disparate groups of former Anglican conservative evangelicals into a new quasi-Anglican Diocese of the Southern Cross – purporting to be Anglican but actually turning its back on the world-wide A.C.C. (Anglican Communion Provinces in communion with Canterbury and Lambeth). Is it leaving the official Sydney Diocese, though?
The Fact that this video appears on the weblog ‘THE PASTOR’S HEART’ (a non-denominational site with no official connection to the A.C.A (Anglican Church in Australia) should warn viewers how detached from the mainstream Anglican life in Australia the new Gafcon Church is – despite the fact, however, that the current Sydney Anglican Diocesan Bishop is also a member of Gafcon!
Confused”? Well, maybe you ought to just sit and look and listen to what is being displayed in the Pastor’s Heart video. It may not help your confusion, but it will tell you how far the Sydney Diocese (and maybe the Diocese in Tasmania) has strayed from the rest of the Anglican Church in Australia and, indeed, from truly traditional ‘Unity in Diversity” Anglicanism in other provinces of the Western World.
(n.b. Sydney’s diocesan bishops refused the invitation to Lambeth, preferring their own meeting (the one in the video) with other Gafconites in Canberra).
Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand