Magazine article Anglican Journal

New Australian Primate Accused of Breaching Doctrine

Magazine article Anglican Journal

New Australian Primate Accused of Breaching Doctrine

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Melbourne

Dr. Harry Goodhew, Anglican Archbishop of Sydney, head of Australia's most populous and powerful diocese, has accused the newly-elected primate of the Anglican Church of Australia, Dr. Peter Carnley, of breaching church doctrine and betraying the church's belief in the significance of the resurrection and of Jesus Christ himself.

Some clergy in Sydney, a conservative diocese with a strong evangelical influence, called for a boycott of the installation of Dr. Carnley as primate on April 30. Dr. Carnley is a leading liberal theologian who angered conservatives in 1992 when he ordained Australia's first women priests.

In a statement published on his diocesan Web site, Dr. Goodhew wrote: "I take no pleasure in publicly stating my disagreement, but I consider that Peter [Carnley]'s treatment of material from the New Testament book of the Acts of the Apostles is unhelpful and misleading." He was referring to an Easter article published in a national magazine, The Bulletin, in which Dr. Carnley rejected the suggestion that Christ was the sole path to salvation.

However, in an open letter to Sydney clergy, Dr. Goodhew said he Was not planning to boycott the installation ceremony, which he said would be tantamount to severing relations with the rest of the church. …

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