It is do as I say not do as I do for the Jensenites in Sydney.
I am indebted to Unthinking Anglicans for the following links. I really have more to do with my time than seek out the latest shenanigans of the Sydney Diocese.
I discovered that Dean Philip Jensen has been given another 5 years at the Cathedral which will take him to age 70 in 2015. Other priests in the diocese have to retire at age 65. His brother, Archbishop Peter Jensen, has also had his tenure extended past the usual date until he turns 70 in 2013.
Even more irritating is the announcement that the Reverend Peter Hayward has been endorsed by the diocese of Sydney's standing committee to be the sixth Bishop of Wollongong. This is a region within the diocese of Sydney.
Now the bishops of Sydney are going apoplectic about the election of Canon Mary Glasspool by the Diocese of Los Angeles as suffragan bishop elect. They are probably not over the moon about the election of Rev Diane Jardine Bruce either. (I was at a dinner last month in which the speaker was Bishop Barbara Darling of the Diocese of Melbourne who pointed out that although she was born in Sydney, she is not recognised as either a bishop or a priest when she flies into her home city.)
The bishops- elect of Los Angeles were elected by the Diocesan convention of priests and lay people representing the parishes. They will not become bishops until they receive the necessary consents from a majority of the bishops and standing committees of TEC.
Peter Hayward was chosen by the standing committee of Sydney probably on the recommendation of ++Peter Jensen. The rest of the diocese had no say in it. Certainly the decision will not need approval by the rest of the Anglican Church of Australia.
Even when Archbishop Peter Jensen eventually retires, his successor will be chosen by Synod but whether the rest of the Australian church approves or not will not matter.
From what I read Bishop - elect Mary Glasspool will make an excellent bishop just as Bishop Gene Robinson is. I hold him in much higher regard than the bishops within the Diocese of Sydney. I hold them all in utter contempt.
Just checked who are the members of the Standing Committee, very interesting.
There are 23 clergy, naturally all male except Archdeacon Narelle Jarrett who is not a priest and like the other archdeacon on the committee does not have a vote unless delegated by a bishop.
There are 33 lay persons and 7 are women.
2 were elected from the whole synod, the other 5 were elected from the 5 regions (4 reps each) but not evenly.
3 come from South Sydney which probably has the greatest concentration of non-evangelical churches.
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