Anglican Ambassador to Rome denies the Resurrection of Christ

Jan 13, 2019 by

by Archbishop Cranmer:

The Anglican Centre in Rome is the Embassy of the Worldwide Anglican Communion to the Roman Catholic Church. Its Director is effectively the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Ambassador to the Vatican; Justin Welby’s personal representative to the Holy See, tasked with pursuing peace and justice in the world and the promotion of Christian unity. Last year the Centre’s director Archbishop Bernard Ntahoturi was forced to step down after only a year in office, following an undisclosed allegation of sexual misconduct, and the Governing Body took swift and urgent steps to appoint an interim director to restore the mission’s theological reputation and diplomatic standing.

The Interim Director is the Very Rev’d Dr John Shepherd, formerly Dean of St George’s Cathedral, Perth, Australia (and Chaplain of Christ Church, Oxford, 1980-1988). The Governing Body of the Anglican Centre in Rome no doubt carried out all the necessary due diligence to ensure Dr Shepherd’s impeccable record of sexual behaviour and moral probity. What a pity they didn’t delve into his theological orthodoxy.

He denies the physical resurrection of Jesus.

The Rev’d David Ould dug out the relevant sermon (complemented by video, so you can see the head talking and hear the words coming out of the mouth), which includes this statement of belief:

Read here

Read also:The appointment of a heterodox priest as new Director to the Anglican Centre in Rome. ‘What would Jesus do?’ is not what Welby did. by Gavin Ashenden

Archbishop of Canterbury urged to act over Vatican envoy who questioned resurrection, by Steve Bird, Telegraph

Interim Director of the Anglican Centre in Rome rebuffs ‘resurrection’ criticism, from ACNS

Believing in the body, by Martin Davie, Reflections of an Anglican Theologian


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