The Courier Mail 25/07/02
THE Anglican Archbishop of Sydney, Dr Peter Jensen, welcomed the appointment of Dr Rowan
Williams as the Archbishop of Canterbury, but with some caution. Archbishop Jenser, said
the Anglican community faced certain difficulties of relationship, of authority, and of
questioning long-held scriptural teaching.
"Anglicans will pray, that ... Archbishop Williams will lead the communion in
faithful adherence to the teaching of the scripture especially in regard to the
biblical teaching on marriage and family," Jensen said.
Make that "some Anglicans". Many in Australia will welcome Williams's
appointment by Prime Minister Tony Blair - "Most courageous, Prime Minister," as
Sir Humphrey would say - as a change from the conventional and conservative leaders of the
world's 70 million Anglicans.
Certainly his appointee was welcomed by the Anglican Primate of Australia, Dr Pet Carnley:
"I am absolute delighted with this appointment. He is a theologian of very
considerable stature, he is a creative thinker, not just a kind of mundane thinker. He is
able to bring new light to issues in a way that really is impressive.
"He's also a very prayerful person, and also has a very keen sense of what is
right and what is wrong in the area of public affairs, and is not afraid to say his
piece when he thinks it's an important issue to speak on. So it is very much what we
In matters of doctrine, Williams is as orthodox as any of his predecessors. Not for him
the views of a former bishop of Durham who thought the resurrection a "conjuring
trick with bones". On wider social issues, however, the new Anglican leader might
prove trouble-some to the conservative, evangelical Low Church Anglicans of Sydney.
He has ordained at least one openly Homosexual priest, in apparent contravention
of the policy expressed in church issues paper Issues in Human Sexuality. He has said that
he sees "God-given good" in stable, same-sex relationships; logically, it would
be inconsistent to approve such relationships in the laity while denying them to the
Anglicans in Britain and Australia are sharply divided on these issues. Already
there are suggestions of breakaway groups in Britain, while Jensen thought it important
enough to issue this veiled warning yesterday: "We're a bit concerned to see how he
develops his position on human sexuality. That's the area that we will need more
information on, and to keep an eye on things." Jensen said Williams might rethink his
position on these issues, given his new appointment was a 'global position'.
"To be the Archbishop of Wales is an important job, but to become the Archbishop of
Canterbury he's really now speaking to 70 to 80 million people around the world.
I think we have to give him time to think some of his positions," he said.
The Anglican Church is not the Catholic Church, and the Archbishop of Canterbury does not
have the same authority as the Pope. As Stephen Bates rote in yesterday's Guardian: - the
job involves presiding over a demoralised and declining Church of England and a
fissiparous worldwide Anglican community whose 70 million members range from
fundamentalists to radicals with very few beliefs in common."
WILLIAMS, in this Anglican's view, is an inspired choice. He comes not from the Church of
England but the Church of Wales, disestablished since 1920. Although he has spoken of the
benefits of disestablishing the Church of England - removing the formal link between
church and state - he is unlikely to waste his energy and effort on this; instead, he is
far more likely to spend his time on healing divisions in the church.
His spirituality is Anglo-Catholic. As a young man, he flirted with the idea of
becoming a Benedictine, the order that produced Britain's most recent influential
clergyman, the late Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster, Basil Hume. British writers
have drawn parallels between Hume and Williams, notably that both are seen as holy men
rather than bland administrators.
At his press conference, Williams denied he had any fixed agenda: "No, I don't come
to this task with a fixed program or agenda, and I have to engage with colleagues an
students who hold very varied opinions, but no pastor or bishop holds the position in
which their first task is to fight for the victory of their personal judgments as if those
were final or infallible."
Of course, senior clergy might modify their views to take account of a new office
- Brisbanes Anglicans have recent experience of that - but, equally, Williams is a
man of strong convictions, strongly held. He is opposed to extending the war against
terror to Iraq.
This Anglican rather likes the idea of having a "troublesome priest" in Lambeth
2 CORINTHIANS 6:11-18.
... how many enter by the narrow gate?.. few.........
As you read the Anglican article you no doubt witness
the numbers of this religious empire .. 70 million and it is also mentioned that
their would be very few in this giant religion who would have much in common belief.. so
why even fellowship together?.. Amos 3:3
My bible tells me that on the day
of Pentecost all of Jesus Christs men in the upper room were in .. one accord. And my
bible also says that there is but one doctrine. And if someone comes to you with any other
teaching/doctrine/way/direction .. neither greet them or let them into your
dwelling/home, lest you partake of their sin.
REF: ACTS 2:1-4,1 TIMOTHY
4:1-5,HEBREWS 13:7-9,1 TIMOTHY 1:9-11 2 JOHN 1-11.....
Please try not to forget the cry/message/promotion/thrust/undercover garment of
the snake satan, the devil in the last days, end times, will be that all famous and
well used nearly worn out word .. love!
IT GETS THEM IN EVERY TIME ..
..most remember the cult leader/sexual deviate, Bob Jones alias love prophet.
WAS JESUS JUST
TRYING TO SCARE PEOPLE?
You may be saying, "You cant
win me with fear but you can win me with love." If so, you are like the man sitting
in his car on a railway track with a train bearing down on him. People are yelling at him
to get out. He winds up the window saying: "Talk nicely or I won't!"
(Comment by Paul Sheehan)
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