Conservative seminary chief chosen archbishop of biggest Australian diocese

Posted: Friday, June 15, 2001

SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- Canon Peter Jensen, principal of Moore Theological College since 1985, has been elected Anglican archbishop of Sydney.

The archbishop, who heads the biggest diocese in the Anglican Church of Australia, becomes a significant figure in the evangelical wing of the worldwide Anglican Communion.

Jensen took a strong stand against actively homosexual clergy in papers compiled for the Australian church's synod next month, citing biblical grounds. In the same report, Australia's Anglican primate, Archbishop Peter Carnley of Perth, contended that the Bible provides no clear teaching and proposed that the church consider ceremonies for same-sex couples.

Homosexual activity, which received overwhelming opposition from a 1998 meeting of the world's Anglican bishops, is the most serious issue dividing the denomination's 77 million members.

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