Retired Archbishop Peter Jensen of Australia, a leader in the traditionalist Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans – a theologically conservative Anglican network of churches opposed to the strongly liberal direction of the Anglican Communion in recent years – was quoted recently as saying “In my own lifetime we have seen the death of Christian Britain.” As if to make this point, Rev. Chris Newlands, the openly gay vicar of Lancaster Priory, recently “proposed a motion that would allow for a liturgical celebration of an individual’s identity following gender transition, much like a baptism, and would include a renaming ceremony.”
Jensen had equally strong words for the Progressive mainstream of the fallen US Episcopal church, saying it has “decided to break with centuries-old tradition and with the biblical position on human sexuality.” In 2011 “Two lesbian Episcopal priests kicked off the New Year by marrying in Massachusetts. The Very Rev. Katherine Hancock Ragsdale, dean and president of Episcopal Divinity School, and Mally Lloyd, canon to the Ordinary, married on Saturday at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Boston in front of nearly 400 guests. The Rt. Rev. M. Thomas Shaw, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, solemnized the marriage.”
It is interesting that Josef Stalin’s Communist Party of the Soviet Union was more socially conservative and traditionalist than are many leaders of the Anglican and Episcopal churches charged with advancing the Christian faith.