The Book Common of Prayer Collect for the third Sunday after Easter shows that Dr Jensen's outlook is authentically Anglican. This Collect is positively for truth and righteousness and at the same time recognises that we professing Christians, because of our sinful natures, are capable of falling into error and behaving in ways that are contrary to our professed faith:
Almighty God, who shewest to them that be in error the light of thy truth, to the intent that they may return into the way of righteousness: Grant unto all them that are admitted into the fellowship of Christ's religion, that they may eschew those things that are contrary to their profession, and follow all such things as are agreeable to the same; through our Lord Jesus Christ.So its yes to righteousness and truth is as good as its no to sin and error.
At an evening event on Thursday celebrating orthodox Anglicanism at the Emmanuel Centre, Westminster, Dr Jensen, who is General-Secretary of FCA International, also related a story illustrating the spiritual state of many Anglican churches in the West. An episcopal colleague of his in another Australian diocese, a Liberal Catholic by tradition, dismissed from office a clergyman in a country town who had committed adultery.
The small congregation of people in their 60s and 70s was angry with the bishop for enforcing clerical discipline. 'He's our vicar, he's nice, we like him. ' 'But he's committed adultery.' 'That doesn't matter. We like him.'
Dr Jensen called that 'pride in sin'.
Cranmer's Curate is blogging off in May, due to a busy parish schedule. Youth group prayers would be appreciated for our Purpose of Life Mission weekend (May 18th-20th).
This story about the need to verify a public statement at the FCA celebration about the treatment of a Southwark lay reader appeared on the US-based orthodox Anglican news service VirtueOnline. Archbishop Cranmer has done a thorough exposee of the appalling treatment of Mr Peter Gowlland who courageously upheld traditional Christian marriage in the Southwark church where he served faithfully as a reader for many years.
This piece about the Pax Borisannica was published on Archbishop Cranmer.