Archbishop Jensen and the five Assistant Bishops from the Diocese of Sydney reply to Lambeth 2008 In

Anglican Church Diocese of Sydney
Dr Peter Jensen – Archbishop

July 30, 2007

The Most Rev & Right Hon. Dr Rowan Williams
Archbishop of Canterbury
Lambeth Palace
London SE1 7JU
Dear Archbishop Rowan,

As Archbishop and Assistant Bishops of the Diocese of Sydney, we send our thanks for your kind invitation to attend next year’s Lambeth Conference. Your invitation has been received with pleasure and it would give us a great deal of joy to be able to join you.

Unfortunately the timing of the invitation has proved difficult. We have been looking for the response of the House of Bishops of The Episcopal Church to the Primates’ Communiqué from Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. We understand that this response is due by 30th of September.

In view of the real hesitations that we experience in joining with those who have consecrated Bishop Gene Robinson, and with others who have allowed for the blessing of same-sex unions, and given the significance of these events, we feel that we cannot give an answer to your kind invitation until later in the year.

We hope that you understand this delay and we look forward to communicating with you further on this matter at the earliest opportunity.

With our best wishes,

Yours sincerely,

The Most Rev Dr Peter F Jensen – Archbishop of Sydney
The Rt Rev Robert C Forsyth – Bishop of South Sydney
The Rt Rev Dr Glenn N Davies – Bishop of North Sydney
The Rt Rev Peter J Tasker – Bishop of Liverpool
The Rt Rev Ivan Y Lee – Bishop of Western Sydney
The Rt Rev Alan J Stewart – Bishop of Wollongong

14 Responses. Comments closed for this entry.

  1. Gary Morrow, Dahlonega, Georgia Says:

    Legal status of Catholic Church in Spain threatened
    Socialist perverts warns against opposition to mandatory pro-homosexual citizenship course:

  2. Gary Morrow, Dahlonega, Georgia Says:

    PC = perversity (not political) correctness
    Exclusive: Ellis Washington condemns strict segregation between law, morality:

    The World of Socialist Evil Perversions.

  3. Father Ron Smith Says:

    As a priest of the Anglican Church of Aotearoa-New Zealand, I am not surprised that the first commentator on this article on your web-site should be Gary Morrow - from his redoubt situated in the State of Georgia, USA.

    As a critic of the constitutional leadership of the Episcopal Church in the USA, Gary would naturally agree with the action of the Archbishop of Sydney and his fellow Bishops in placing a moratorium on their acceptance of the invitation of the Archbishop of Canterbury to attend the 2008 Lambeth Conference.

    The simple fact that the Church in Sydney agrees with the Global South initiatives in ordaining clergy for its mission strategy in the USA is another reason for Gary’s approval of the action of the Sydney Bishops. 

    However, the action of the Sydney Bishops in stating the conditions for their acceptance of invitation to Lambeth 2008 is just one more piece of evidence of their determination to subvert the constitutional role of the Arhbishop of Canterbury in his desire to bring together the dissident elements of the Anglican Communion.

    Together with the Primates of Nigeria and Uganda, the Sydney Primate seems to be indicating their intention to overturn the historic role of the Archbishop as ‘Primus inter-pares’ in pursuit of an agenda which would declare their independence of the traditional oversight of the See of Canterbury. To continue in this vein would surely undermine the whole concept of the Anglican Communion, which traditionally has adhered to a liberality in the Gospel - a freedom which Jesus inaugurated, and which is needed to ensure the continuance of the Churches’ ministry in and to the modern world.

    One wonders whether this is a theological issue, or just a simple power struggle?

  4. Gary Morrow, Dahlonega, Georgia. USA Says:

    Ron Smith, such warm commentary from the Socialist Anglican Church of Aotearoa-New Zealand. Since brevity is the soul of wit—how many people noticed… that not once… did Ron Smith have anything to say, or negative to say, about the attack against the Catholic Church in Spain threated by pervert Elitist?

  5. Gary Morrow, Dahlonega, Georgia. USA Says:

    Next, from the Socialist immorallity capital of Europe—Bishop urges Christians to call God ‘Allah’ Catholic leader believes it would help ease tensions between religions:

    Maybe we can start calling Christian Churches—Mosques.

  6. Gary Morrow, Dahlonega, Georgia. USA Says:

    Socialist perverts next attack against Christians in America:

  7. Gary Morrow, Dahlonega, Georgia. USA Says:

    Baptist leader: Critical battle involves absolute truth vs. ‘postmodernism’:

    Anglican Brothers and Sisters—let not your hearts be troubled, all Denominations are in a battle against postmoderism, and Socialist dogma.

    “God’s Word asks, “If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Psalm 11:3 NKJV). The answer is simple…we can preach (Matthew 28:19–20), we can pray (2 Chronicles 7:14), we can expose the lies (John 3:20; Ephesians 5:11), and we can replace the lies with truth (John 3:21). Christ promised that a foundation built on a rock will stand (Matthew 7:25)!”

  8. Gary Morrow, Dahlonega, Georgia. USA Says:

    Does God care
    what He’s called?
    Exclusive: Hal Lindsey sees Satan at work
    in latest move to refer to the Lord as ‘Allah’:

  9. Gary Morrow, Dahlonega, Georgia. USA Says:

    Christian persecution and Exodus from the Union of Canadian Socialist Republics’(U.C.S.R.) indoctrinating God’s children into perversions, and false idols.

    Mennonites, “We don’t agree with the emphasis on evolution, which we consider false; we don’t like the morality standards; and we don’t like the acceptance of alternative lifestyles”:

    Socialist believe that it is the State that is superior to God’s Laws and Commandments, and it is the State that is the parent and utimate authority over your children—we the State will command what you will, and won’t teach Children—
    Quebec Government Forcing Evangelical Private Schools to Teach Sex Ed, Darwinism:

    Our Constitution, so far, is the only document that stands in the way of Socialist Utopia in America—in Pierce vs. Society of Sisters :

    unanimously held that ” ...the Act of 1922 unreasonably interferes with the liberty of parents and guardians to direct the upbringing and education of children under their control. As often heretofore pointed out, rights guaranteed by the Constitution may not be abridged by legislation which has no reasonable relation to some purpose within the competency of the state. The fundamental theory of liberty upon which all governments in this Union repose excludes any general power of the state to standardize its children by forcing them to accept instruction from public teachers only.”

    Canada and Europe are brainwashing (standardizing) children by forcing them to accept homosexuality, evolution, and alternate lifestyles.

  10. Gary Morrow, Dahlonega, Georgia. USA Says:

    Obama, a Democrat, backs civil unions for same-sex couples but not gay marriage. Robinson said that if he gets a chance, he “will attempt to move” the senator on that point. But, he added, Obama’s not alone.

    Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson said that if he gets a chance, he “will attempt to move” the senator on that point( in other words, Robinson will attemp to change Obama’s mind in favor of sic gay marriage:

  11. Father Ron Smith Says:

    re the last item on the web-site. Gary Morrow seems still to be purveying his own interpetation of the published and spoken words of other people. However, it may surprise him to know that many Anglicans of the Global North, and I suspect many of the Global South; although we agree with the prospect of civil partnerships (which are legally constituted partnerships in many enlightened countries), we are ready to acknowledge that this is different from the Sacrament of Marriage, which, as the Prayer Book states quite clearly, is the joining together of a man and a women in a relationship which has at least the possibility of begetting children.

    I am not aware of Bishop Gene Robinson referring to his relationship as ‘marriage’ per se, but rather as a civil partnership. It is important to make that distinction before pronouncing a hasty judgement on what is involved in a civil partnership relationship.

    At least, let us all be clear about this issue before condemning a category of practising Christians who, for the most part, are not intent on scandalising others in their need to be honest about what they see as their God-given relation-ships. This is not a perfect world - yet -and only God is perfect.

  12. Gary Morrow, Dahlonega, Georgia Says:

    Ron in post 11 seems still to be purveying his own damage control, spin-cycle, intentional misinterpretation of the published and spoken words of other people.

    Ron states in part, “Gary…it may surprise him to know that many Anglicans of the Global North, and I suspect many of the Global South; although we agree with the prospect of civil partnerships [“we” ‘agree’ with the prospect of civil partnerships (homosexuals, sodomy, man lying with man as with woman)] (which are legally constituted partnerships in many enlightened countries)[I would also like to have a list of the bishops that you described as “we” that agree with the prospect of civil partnerships]”.

    There is another one of those curse words Socialist, Liberals, Progressives like to through around-enlightened.

    Enlightened—To give spiritual or intellectual insight to; to give information to; inform or instruct; having knowledge and spiritual insight; characterized by full comprehension of the problem involved; “an educated guess; people who have been introduced to the mysteries of some field or activity; wise through knowledge; free from prejudice.

    There you have it—if you or your country accepts biblical revisionism, evolution, homosexuality, or alternate lifestyles, you are enlightened, intelligent, all knowing, beyond your years of knowledge of the great unwashed of society, having knowledge and spiritual insights and superior understanding of things( evolution, sexual behaviors, and attractions) than God had back then, have been introduced (indoctrinated through reeducation camps (government schools, gay bishops, socialist bishops, socialist government mandates, etc.) to the mysteries of some field or activity (sodomy), wise through knowledge of perversions, revisionism, and free from prejudice of right and wrong, you have been enlightened—you can join the club of the socialist effete Elites.

    “…as the Prayer Book states quite clearly…”, doesn’t the prayer Book state quite clearly that man lying with man as woman is an abomination, and man with man, or woman with woman in Romans…is a vile affection? 

    You clearly admit that “we” “””agree”” (disagreeing with God’s Laws and Commandments) with the prospect of civil unions (sodomy, abominations, and vile affections against God’s Laws and Commandments).

    Let these people keep talking, they are telling us who they are and what they believe. Socialists, revisionists keep posting—tell us who you are. Give us the list of “we”.

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