THE Archbishop of Sydney,
Dr Peter Jensen, who retires on his 70th birthday on 11 July, has
told an ABC radio interviewer that an aspect of traditional
Anglican worship that offends him is the form of consecration
service for bishops.
In these services -
although not in Sydney diocese - the new bishop is given "about six
things", he said, including a "funny hat", and a Bible. But in the
Book of Common Prayer, the bishop is given just the Bible. Giving
the bishop the other things as well is saying that the Bible is
just one among all the others, he said.
Dr Jensen defended the
position of the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans, claiming that
it was a "reconciling movement" that had maintained the highest
level of communion that was possible in the Anglican Communion.
Rejecting the suggestion
that it was divisive or schismatic, he said that the creation of
the Anglican Church of North America, for example, had meant that
100,000 orthodox Anglicans in North America had been able to remain
within the Anglican Communion. This new Church, though not
recognised by the Archbishop of Canterbury, was nevertheless
recognised by the majority of world Anglicans, he said.
He also defended the
mission that he launched at the beginning of his time as
archbishop, which sought to see ten per cent of the Sydney
population attending Bible-based churches within ten years.
Although it had not been as successful as he would have liked, it
had fulfilled one of its aims - "waking us up" and breaking out
into the community.
The Sydney synod will elect a new archbishop at a meeting
commencing on 5 August (
News, 7 June). A final list of candidates will be released on