Anglican bishops distance themselves from Dean’s outburst

Senior Anglican figures in Australia have moved to distance themselves from a damaging outburst in England by the Dean of Sydney, Philip Jensen.

In a speech to a group of conservative Christians reported in the British media, the Dean is said to have described the Archbishop of Canterbury as a theological prostitute and the Prince of Wales as a public adulterer.

Bishop of South Sydney, Robert Forsyth, has joined with Philip Jensen’s brother, Sydney Archbishop Peter Jensen, to downplay the statements.

“They are not the views of the Diocese of Sydney or the Anglican Church of Australia so much as the personal views of Dean Philip Jensen,” Bishop Forsyth said.

“They may reflect the views of some people perhaps put in a very colourful Australian way but I don’t think there are many people who would be uneasy with certain aspects of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s position.”

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Oct. 14, 2004

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