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Jesmond Parish Church issues press release

Jesmond Parish Church has issued this press release:

On St Athanasius’ Day, 2 May 2017, Jonathan Pryke, the senior minister, under its vicar, of Jesmond Parish Church, Newcastle upon Tyne, was consecrated a “bishop in the Church of God”. This was by the Presiding Bishop of REACH SA (the Reformed Evangelical Anglican Church of South Africa), formerly known as CESA (the Church of England in South Africa) and whose orders of bishop, priest/presbyter and deacon are recognized by the Church of England. But like the new ACNA (the Anglican Church in North America) whose orders are also recognized, it is not in communion with the Church of England. Officially the Church of England is in Communion with the heterodox ACSA (the Anglican Church of South Africa), and with the heterodox TEC (The Episcopal Church [of America]). But, in practice, many orthodox English and Global Anglicans are in communion with both REACH SA and ACNA.

The service took place neither in a Church of England “place of worship” nor an unconsecrated place of worship designated under s.43 of the Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011. It did not take place in Jesmond Parish Church. The ceremony was according to the REACH SA consecration Holy Communion service with only REACH SA bishops taking part. The declaration, however, was to the Church of England’s Canon A5 which says:

“The doctrine of the Church of England is grounded in the Holy Scriptures, and in such teachings of the ancient Fathers and Councils of the Church as are agreeable to the said Scriptures. In particular such doctrine is to be found in the 39 Articles of Religion, the Book of Common Prayer and the Ordinal.”

The oath was of “all due reverence and obedience” not to the Presiding Bishop of REACH SA but to “bishops and other chief ministers” under whom Jonathan is set. So he has a dispersed responsibility and duty: in things temporal to the Bishop of Newcastle, with whom, sadly, in things spiritual, Jesmond Parish Church along with other churches in the diocese are in impaired communion; in terms of Jesmond Parish Church, to the vicar of Jesmond and where there is united agreement, to the Jesmond PCC; and, pastorally, to one of the participating REACH SA bishops. This bishop particularly understands the English situation and does not want to see bishops “parachuted in” to form a new “orthodox church” or “province”. He sees the role of REACH SA simply as helping English people have the courage to take responsibility for reforming the Church of England to be in line with Canon A5, to evangelize and to see growth. This consecration took place after considerable discussion and encouragement from leaders in the Church of England, and with the Presiding Bishop of REACH SA convinced it right to proceed after discussion with the Secretary of GAFCON.

There is a very lengthy section entitled Information for Editors which can be read by following the link above and scrolliing down.

Another copy formatted as a PDF is now available here. I recommend reading it carefully in full.

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John B. Chilton
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John B. Chilton

Does Pryke rhyme with Pike as in Bishop Pike?

http://www.episcopalchurch.org/library/glossary/pike-james-albert

Jeremy Pemberton
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Jeremy Pemberton

“leaders in the Church of England” – I wonder who they are? Would JPC like to tell us?

Jeremy
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Jeremy

So Jesmond is simply following the ACNA example, against which the Archbishops made little protest at the time.

Such are the fruits of appeasement.

Paul
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Paul

I find this hard to reconcile with the Oaths of Canonical Obedience: 34. At ordination and on taking up any office in the Church of England priests and deacons are required under Canon C 14 to swear or affirm that they will “pay true and canonical obedience to the Lord Bishop of C and his successors in all things lawful and honest.” Bishops are similarly required to take an oath of due obedience to the archbishop of the province. Clergy and bishops also take an Oath of Allegiance to the Queen and make the Declaration of Assent. 35. These Oaths… Read more »

Froghole
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Froghole

There was once a rather distinguished colonial governor called Sir Richard Turnbull (1909-98) who, during his administration of Tanganyika and Aden, was wont to scribble the following in the margins of those reports and memoranda with which he disagreed:

“Round objects”

And that too is my own opinion of this communiqué.

Ann Fontaine
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soon they will be like ACNA and AMiA — more bishops than members

David Keen
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David Keen

“to evangelise and see growth” is exactly the point of the 10 day ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ prayer initiative, called by the Archbishop of Canterbury. Never in my lifetime has the CofE leadership at national and Diocesan level had as much focus on mission and evangelism as they do now. So I find this reasoning rather odd.

Cantab
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Cantab

Time for the Bishop of Newcastle to earn her stipend. Immediate unannounced episcopal visitation to Jesmond, preferably this Sunday. Followed up first thing next week with a CDM prosecution.

Jeremy
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Jeremy

Then we have this from the parish statement:

‘The main thing that is significantly different now as far as Jonathan is concerned is that Jonathan can ordain men for the ministry, whereas other presbyter/priests of us involved in evangelism cannot. Some leaders obviously
need this “power” (as the 16th century Richard Hooker would say) as more men are trained for ministry and to be faithful to Canon A5.’

Note the use of the word “men.” Twice.

I take it that this is one of those we-ordain-men-only parishes?

Nicholas Henderson
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Nicholas Henderson

‘The service took place neither in a Church of England “place of worship” nor an unconsecrated place of worship designated under s.43 of the Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011. It did not take place in Jesmond Parish Church.’

This reads like a bad spoof. Just where did it take place then, in a music hall? It’s a great recipe for ecclesiastical anarchy. I doubt whether the Archbishops (the C of E ones) will actually be able to do very much except follow Edward Markham the poet and “draw a circle and take them in”.

Nicholas Henderson
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Nicholas Henderson

On further reflection, ‘Episcopus vagans’ is the description that comes to mind. For those few who might lose sleep over this case may I recommend either ‘Episcopi Vagantes and the Anglican Church’ by H.R.T. Brandreth or ‘Bishops at Large’ by Peter F. Anson? They are both a bit ancient, Brandreth’s from 1947 and Anson’s from 1964. Nevertheless, they are worth a read as the practice of irregular and sometimes downright oddball consecrations has been going on in the wider Church pretty well ever since post New Testament times and the development of bishops as they might be understood today. Anyway,… Read more »

Linda Woodhead
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Linda Woodhead

Yes Nicholas it is somewhat in the line of ‘episcopus vagans’. The advocates of the sort of thing happening in Jesmond often say they find their justification in (a) the Didache and (b) – leaping forwards in time a bit – Roland Allen.

Obviously there is no justification in the canonical polity of the episcopally-ordered Church of England.

Will the real bishops please stand up.

James Byron
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James Byron

Yes, yes, it’s all farcical, but what harm is it doing? Con-evos who’ve washed their hands of the wider church won’t be trying to impose their beliefs on everyone else. Now, after the Sheffield debacle, the broad church is toast, the only hope for equality lies in evangelicals going off and doing their own thing. Far from condemning this, liberals should be encouraging it, and encouraging open evangelicals to do likewise. Then do the same ourselves, and appoint liberal bishops committed to equality. Ultimately, some loose confederation, with different bishops for different groups, is the best hope the CoE has.

Anthony Archer
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Anthony Archer

I am not sure the hassle of a CDM is necessary. Does the Revd Pryke hold an office, common tenure style? He is described as Senior Minister at Jesmond Not the Parish Church. He receives no stipend from the diocese that I can discover. He only functions with permission of his diocesan. She should withdraw it immediately. Perhaps experts in canon law can elaborate.

Simon C
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Simon C

Isn’t this sort of thing just what the Archbishops want people to keep quiet about and allow.

After all we have to support those who oppose women priests, or those who say women belong in the kitchen – let’s call it ‘mutually flourishing’ or maybe its ‘polite disagreement’ or whatever other weasel words come along.

PS Who pays these men – are they on C of E stipends?

When will bishops actually take a stand?

ExRevd
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ExRevd

Absolutely right Cantab. And change the locks while she’s there!

Jeremy: you guess correctly.

(Froghole: who is Round, and why do they object?)

June B Butler
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June B Butler

Ann Fontaine is correct. When ABC Rowan played nicely with ACNA and AMiA, some of us in the Episcopal Church in the US told you the likes of them had the Church of England in their sights.

Father Ron Smith
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Meanwhile, GAFCON, ACNA, and the rebellious AMiE leaders are rejoicing that a schismatic Church in Africa has done the job for them – without them having to lift a finger (except that Pryke was on the board of AMiE and someone must have smelt the gunpowder. Clean hands but NOT pure hearts!

You can’t say, Archbishops of the C.of E., that you weren’t warned about GAFCON’s intentional schism!

Confused Sussex
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Confused Sussex

Can only agree with Cantab above

JPM
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JPM

Wasn’t REACH the apartheid church?

MarkBrunson
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MarkBrunson

Well, Rowan, Justin, congratulations!

You got peace in your time!

crs
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crs

“soon they will be like ACNA and AMiA — more bishops than members”

Let’s not make things up.

And while we’re at it, TEC also has an awful lot of Bishops given the total number in the pews.

robert ian williams
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robert ian williams

REACH or as it is still legally registered, The Church of England in South Africa results from congregations that refused to join the Church of the Province of South Africa when it was constituted in 1870. CESA orders have been recognised by the Anglican communion since 1966.
It never condoned apartheid but believed in praying for the country’s leaders.