4 October 2015 A.D. Jensen blames “homosexual crisis” for Anglican rift (dated Jun 2008)Knight, Ben. “Jensen blames “homosexual crisis” for Anglican rift.” ABC. 29 Jun 2008. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2008-06-30/jensen-blames-homosexual-crisis-for-anglican-rift/2488524. Accessed 4 Oct 2015.
Jensen blames 'homosexual crisis' for Anglican rift
Middle East correspondent Ben Knight
Audio: Turmoil as rift splits Anglican church (AM)
A group of conservative Anglican bishops meeting in Jerusalem has agreed to create its own ruling council because of controversy over the ordination of gay clergy.
The Global Anglican Futures Conference held in Jerusalem this week claims to represent almost half the world's Anglicans and has criticised the Archbishop of Canterbury for failing to deal with what it calls a "false gospel".
The new movement will create its own council of archbishops, and statement of doctrine.
One of the organisers of the conference is the Anglican Archbishop of Sydney, Peter Jensen, who says this is not a split in the church.
But he and many of the bishops attending the conference will boycott the general Anglican conference at Lambeth next month.
Archbishop Jensen has blamed what he calls "the homosexual crisis" for a rift in the world Anglican community.
Dr Jensen explained the reasons behind his group's formation:
"The homosexual crisis is only symbolic of a whole way of looking at the world, which many in the church had taken on as well, I call this postmodernity," he said.
"We have decided to rescue people in the west who want to stand for the old ways, who want to stand on the Bible.
"Secondly, we've decided to protect ourselves against this postmodern and relativistic world view that will come our way through the internet and other communicational revolutions."
Dr Jensen says the group's breakaway does not amount to a split.
"Well it's not a split now," he said.
"It's true in Anglicanism now.
"There are two bishops in the same geographical area in Europe for example.
"It's only imagination that makes this into a split."