Christchurch: GAFCON Consecrates New Evangelical Diocesan Bishop

Oct 19, 2019 by

by David Virtue, VOL:

Former Sydney Archbishop Peter Jensen said the Christian gospel proclaims Jesus as Lord, the spirituality movement does not have to be true or false but only what people make it.

An orthodox Anglican diocese was born in Christchurch, New Zealand today, the first such diocese, following the Anglican Church of Aotearoa New Zealand and Polynesia’s communion impairing decision to bless same sex marriage. (It would require a change of the canons to fully embrace same sex marriage.)

With more than 650 Anglicans looking on, the Rev. James Douglas Behan was consecrated and installed as the first bishop of the Church of Confessing Anglicans Aotearoa, New Zealand (CCAANZ). He will oversee 12 parishes whilst continuing to pastor St Stephen’s Church.

The consecration was held at Centennial chapel, St. Andrew’s college, Christchurch and included the Archbishop of the newly named Anglican Church of Rwanda, Laurent Mbanda; the Archbishop of Sydney, Glenn Davies, and chief consecrator, The Most Rev. Foley Beach, GAFCON chairman and ACNA archbishop. Some 19 international Anglican leaders were present from Australia, including 9 bishops, 8 from North America, two from Europe, one from Africa and the former Anglican Bishop of Nelson Derek Eaton.

The Rev. Michael Hewat, Vicar General of the new diocese described the occasion as “historic.”

In his sermon, former Sydney Archbishop the Rt. Rev. Peter Jensen outlined four priorities:

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