Launch of traditionalist Church of Ireland group is ‘not about schism’

Apr 21, 2018 by

from Belfast News Letter:

The launch today of a Church of Ireland group opposed to what it sees as growing secularisation in Anglican churches is “not about schism”, a Belfast rector has insisted. Rev Trevor Johnston, rector of All Saints’ in Belfast, was speaking ahead of the launch of a Church of Ireland branch of the GAFCON movement. GAFCON , an abbreviation of Global Anglican Future Conference, is formally opposed to “the legitimising or blessing of same sex unions” and the ordination of “those involved in same gender unions”. It has its origins in a conference held in Jerusalem in 2008.  Adherents to the GAFCON movement believe the more liberal stance taken by some Anglican churches on homosexuality is symptomatic of a growing secularisation of the church and important to the deeper question of the authority of the Bible in the church. The launch event takes place in Belfast today at 10am, at the Waterfront Hall’s Riverside Suite, with speakers including Archbishop Ali Buba Lamido from Nigeria, the renowned speaker Rev Vaughan Roberts, Rector of St Ebbe’s Church in Oxford, the retired Archbishop of Sydney Peter Jensen, and the Archbishop Greg Venables of South America.

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