Australian archbisop wants liberal US clerics expelled over gay clerics, gay marriages
October 2, 2003
SYDNEY — The Anglican archbisop of Sydney on Thursday called for the
church to expel liberal North Americans who allowed homosexual
clerics and same-sex marriages.
Archbishop Peter Jensen, an outspoken conservative, said the
Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams had seriously
underestimated the offence taken by Anglicans worldwide over
homosexuality in the church.
Jensen's comments in the British religious magazine New
Directions were prompted by the election of gay bishop Gene
Robinson in the United States in August and a Canadian diocese's
recognition of same-sex marriages.
He said Anglicans, particularly in Africa and Asia, found the
stance unacceptable and could be driven away from the church if
Williams did nothing or recognised the North Amercians' position.
He said expelling the North Americans was the riskiest and
bravest option because it would send a powerful moral and spiritual
"Strong word expel, but in effect yes, I suppose, to ask them to
leave the club while they get themselves sorted out," Jensen told
He claimed Anglicans in Asia and Africa could convert to Islam
because they were so distressed at the church's admission of
"They're under great presure from Muslims, for example, and
ordinary people who say 'how can you be Christians and still be
connected to these people in the US who have come to this terrible
view?'," he told Sky News.
Jensen acknowledged expulsion could split the church but said
there was little option.
He believed Anglican leaders would insist that Williams act when
he meets them to discuss the homosexual issue in London later this
"His moral authority is on the line," Jensen said. –Sapa-AFP
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