On Continuing Anglican Unity

Fr Anthony Chadwick has a look.

… Indeed, we look forward to the fortieth anniversary of the Congress of Saint Louis, and to much progress having been made to recover from bad experience in this process of Christian healing and reconciliation.

Read the rest of his thoughts here.


The Congress of St Louis Recordings

Bishop Chandler Holder Jones points out the historic recordings of The Congress of St Louis :

The Congress was arguably the seminal event in the formation of the Continuing Anglican Church movement, and was certainly one of the most important events in the contemporary history of Anglicanism…

Wikipedia has more by way of info on the conference here.


Anglican Catholic Church (TAC) in Australia

There is a rather interesting website with lots of information (and news) on the Anglican Catholic Church (TAC) in Australia here.

I’ve often given it a look, but share it now also.


Pastoral Letter: Anglican Church in America and the Anglican Province of America

On the Anglican Province of America website:

From the Presiding Bishops of the Anglican Church in America and The Anglican Province of America

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Grace and Peace to you all in the Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

This Pastoral Letter comes to you with every good wish for you and for the parish churches of the Anglican Church in America and the Anglican Province of America. It is our expectation that this letter will be read in every parish within our sister jurisdictions and distributed to all who may wish to share the news of our ongoing reconciliation process.

Nearly two years ago, bishops of the Anglican Church in America and the Anglican Province of America signed an agreement of reconciliation between our two national churches. This reconciliation agreement represents a historic step forward in the realignment of Classical Anglicans in the United States and, indeed, throughout the world. It has been a catalyst for closer cooperation between groups of Anglicans who share a common theology and a unity of purpose. The reconciliation agreement and the attendant cooperation that has been engendered by it cannot be minimized. It is an important document and will no doubt be long regarded as a necessary step in the reunion of Classical Anglicans.

At the present time, both the ACA and the APA have agreed to hold concurrent synods at a common location in October, 2014. These synods will bring our two jurisdictions together for worship and fellowship. Business sessions will be held separately, as is appropriate to individual jurisdictions. This is yet another way in which we may join together as Christians in an atmosphere of mutual support and cooperation. Some have suggested that these meetings will result in the complete reunion of our two jurisdictions. This is not the case. It is premature to enter into serious talk of such reunion when there are many preliminary details that must be worked out and many other issues resolved. Complete reunion between our jurisdictions, if and when it happens, must be left to the grace of God. It is our task to discern, as best we can, God’s will, placing ourselves at His service and in the service of His church.

There are many things that have been achieved up to now. The Reconciliation Committee has produced a common Constitution to be proposed for adoption by the synods of both jurisdictions. The committee is also working on a unified set of canons. Such practical work is being done faithfully by those who are committed to accomplishing the work of the church in a cooperative manner. There are, we confess, historical issues, as well as issues of the heart, that must be dealt with first. As many of us know, the past history of our churches has often involved considerable heartbreak. The many fractures, schisms and improper activity have all caused great pain and injury within God’s church. Much pain, along with its attendant trust issues, still remains. These should be discussed in a forthright and transparent manner. But we need also remember that, as Christians, we must be prepared to adopt an attitude of forgiveness for those who we perceive have injured us, just as we must also adopt a penitential approach to those we may have harmed. This is God’s way. And we pray that He will be pleased with our work, as we seek to promote healing and full reconciliation.

Lastly, we have no particular plan aside from doing the work of God. Rumors may abound. It is perhaps natural, given our past history, to assume that there is some hidden strategy that is being covertly put forward. Such is not the case. Although many options may be discussed in various committees and among individuals and small groups, we remember that we are synodical churches; any final decisions on important matters must come before the councils of the church for ratification. But it is in the discussions, as well as within the small and large groups and committees of our churches, that we will most certainly discern the voice of God. He will speak to the unification of His church and lead us to the way and manner of that unification. But until full reconciliation is finally achieved, we must seek only to greet each other in love, working to heal the church and seeking to do no harm to any of God’s people. We must embrace each other as faithful Christians and committed Anglicans. And we must always pray to God to teach us the way. Because we can never find our way without the certain guidance of Our Lord.

Your Brothers in Christ,

The Most Rev. Walter Grundorf

The Most Rev. Brian Marsh


The Anglican Catholic Chronicle – ACCC Newsletter (July 2013)

The Anglican Catholic Chronicle newsletter of the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada is out in two (pdf.) parts:

There’s plenty to read.

Good to see the great work being done up north in Canada.


Ad Clerum 5.13

Ad Clerum number 5.13 from Bishop Michael Gill to the Church in Southern Africa.

Get it in pdf. here.

Oh How the Mighty Have Fallen…

John Hepworth in 2013… This picture in the Couriermail just says it all:


Bishop John Hepworth, the former global primate of the Traditional Anglican Communion, made public allegations in September 2011 that he had been sexually abused in the 1960s, while he was in an Adelaide seminary, by Monsignor Dempsey and two other Catholic priests – both of whom are now dead.

Bishop Hepworth reported the allegations to the police after a three-month investigation commissioned by the Catholic Church found no substance to the allegations…

Exactly (!) because there WAS NO SUBSTANCE to the wild and clearly false allegations. Hepworth wanted in the Ordinariate and the Catholic Church was being firm, fair and predictable:

John Hepworth will be forced to relinquish his role as the primate of the Traditional Anglican Communion if he is to reconcile with the Catholic Church, after being informed he will only be accepted as a layperson.

Archbishop Hepworth has been notified by the Catholic Church that his bid to reunify the TAC with Rome has been successful, but his own case is conditional…

… the document confirmed any Catholic priest or bishop who became an Anglican and then wanted to return to Catholicism would only be able to do so as laity.

A toxic Hepworth was defiant and his malicious response was to go public via Senator Nick Xenophon who, using some kind of parliamentary privilege, named and humiliated poor Msgr Ian Dempsey by dragging him into Hepworth’s fanciful world of lies and deception.

Adelaide Now well captured his warped yet plain intentions:

CONTROVERSIAL Anglican Archbishop John Hepworth has offered to drop demands for action over rape allegations against a senior priest identified in Parliament.

In exchange he would like help to return to the Catholic Church.’

Blackmail? You decide. The sex abuse allegations date to over four decades ago (!) and suddenly they are on the table simply because you don’t get your way?! Well, a column in the Herald Sun points out what any other reasonable person should be able to see:

Hepworth has a history. One more reason to wonder why the media treats every contested thing Archbishop Hepworth says as the gospel truth, and why Senator Nick Xenophon even publicly named the priest Hepworth claims raped him as an adult, some 45 years ago…

Msgr Dempsey is a former Director-General of the Chaplaincy in the Australian Navy, Vicar General, an Officer of the Order of Australia, and an otherwise functioning Priest in good standing with an impeccable pastoral record. His reputation was trashed despite even the most basic facts of the case [having] raised grave doubts. Throughout, Hepworth has shown little or no regard for anyone but himself.

There is an Afrikaans saying that goes like this: Wat jy saai, sal jy maai. Taken from Gal. 6:7-9, God’s system of natural justice is always at work. Slow, sure, sometimes, but always at work. You cannot get away with making a mockery out of God and His Holy Church. That should serve as fair warning to all. Hepworth will get everything he deserves here. Would but that he repent (Matt. 3:8; 11:20; Lk. 13:3). Sadly repentance, to date, has simply been beyond this man whose public arrogance, pride and defiance has known absolutely no limits, leaving nothing but destruction in its wake.

Repent, and turn from all your transgressions, so that iniquity will not be your ruin…

- Ezekiel 18:30

I have long blogged on Hepworthian matters. A ‘litany’ of sorts, covering his wicked dealings, can be found here.

UPDATE I:   Fr Anthony Chadwick: My Former Archbishop.

UPDATE IICatholic Priest Ian Dempsey wants Nick Xenophon to apologise.

No Charge for Priest Accused by John Hepworth

Amen! Msgr Dempsy has been vindicate and the truth is out!

The Director of Public Prosecutions in South Australia has recommended that no charges be laid against Catholic priest Ian Dempsey, after he was accused of sexually assaulting a fellow seminarian in Adelaide in the 1960s.

John Hepworth, the global primate of the Traditional Anglican Communion until April last year, raised allegations in September 2011 that he had been abused by three Catholic priests while in an Adelaide seminary in the 1960s. Two of the priests have since died.

Independent senator Nick Xenophon used parliamentary privilege to name Monsignor Dempsey as one of the alleged perpetrators.

After a three-month investigation commissioned by the Catholic Church, which found no substance to the allegations, Bishop Hepworth reported the allegations to police.

It is understood that DPP Adam Kimber SC advised the police and both parties yesterday that there was insufficient evidence for a jury to have a reasonable chance of convicting Monsignor Dempsey and that no charges would be laid. When contacted late yesterday, Bishop Hepworth said he was considering the decision.

Monsignor Dempsey said he had been waiting for four years to hear he had been cleared, after Bishop Hepworth sought an initial response from the Catholic Church.

“When Nick Xenophon made it public, that was when it was totally humiliating and there was the loss of my good name,” Monsignor Dempsey said.

“My immediate reaction when I heard was of the prayerful support from so many people, who knew me and knew I was innocent, has come home.”

The Vicar General of the Adelaide archdiocese, Philip Marshall, said the matter could now be brought to a close.

Monsignor Dempsey was stood down from his role as the Brighton parish priest in Adelaide’s southern suburbs when the allegations were made public, returning to duties a year later.

Bishop Hepworth left the Catholic Church after the alleged abuse, joined the Anglican Church and was later instrumental in the formation of the TAC and its bid for reunification with Rome. He was stripped of his role within the breakaway church late last year.

The TAC board argued Bishop Hepworth was no longer supportive of its bid to unite with the Catholic Church, and alleged he had mismanaged church funds.

A TAC College of Bishops investigation found him guilty of several charges but refused to release any details publicly.

A particular Scripture comes to mind:

Though they plot evil against you and devise wicked schemes, they cannot succeed.

- Psalm 21:11

UPDATE I:   Oh how the mighty have fallen.

UPDATE IICatholic Priest Ian Dempsey wants Nick Xenophon to apologise.

The Anglican Catholic Chronicle – ACCC Newsletter (June 2013)

The Anglican Catholic Chronicle newsletter of the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada for the month of June is out on the ‘net.

Download it in pdf. here.



Continuing Anglicanism

Wikipedia has modified their page on Continuing Anglicanism and it makes for rather interesting reading:

The Continuing Anglican movement encompasses a number of Christian churches in various countries that profess Anglicanism while remaining outside the Anglican Communion. These churches generally believe that “traditional” forms of Anglican faith and worship have been unacceptably revised or abandoned within some Anglican Communion churches in recent decades. They claim, therefore, that they are “continuing” or preserving Anglicanism’s line of Apostolic Succession as well as historic Anglican belief and practice.

The modern “Continuing” movement principally dates to the 1977 Congress of St. Louis in the United States, at which meeting participants rejected the ordination of women and the changes that had been made in the Episcopal Church’s Book of Common Prayer.

Much more here.



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