During this past week Viagraville has been conducting a not-so-subtle preliminary election campaign for the über-Calvinist Sydney suffragan Bishop Glenn Davies, who is David Short’s strongest rival in the upcoming race to become Supreme Chancellor of Mordor.
First little Matt Kennedy presented a delightfully sycophantic piece, and then a day or two later Dobby Ould followed this up with another exercise in obsequiousness - although in Dobby’s case it’s more understandable, since the Jensen Ring-wraith is also his own Bishop, and given the precarious state of funding in Dobby’s part of the world as a result of little Peter Jensen’s gambling problem it makes a lot of sense for a curate whose income depends upon a diocesan grant to grovel before his paymaster for all he’s worth.
What neither of them mentioned, however, is that Bishop Davies was also responsible for the resolution that led to Sydney giving the Anglican Communion lay presidency. Not that a little detail like that would have stopped Nashotah house from spending their money on some very nice banner advertisements which have been running just above articles praising someone who considers the Eucharist nothing more than a post-it note.
You may think this incongruous, but actually it shows just how generous the folks at Nashotah really are. After all, when little Peter Jensen’s dreams for ACNA are finally fulfilled there certainly won’t be room for a beautiful historic Anglo-Catholic seminary in the world: the word ‘seminary’ will itself be superseded by the evangelically sounder ‘Bible college’. Besides, plans have already been made to erect an impressively modern pesticide factory on the valuable land currently occupied by a few sacerdotalist lecturers and ordinands, and how dare some traditional-but-homophobic Anglicans think they can stand in the way of progress and profits. Especially given that ACNA’s going to be needing every penny they can grab given the way their attempts at stealing church property are panning out.
No, clearly Nashotah House don’t mind who or what their money promotes, just as long as it doesn’t support anyone not prepared to lie about their sexuality, or who is unwilling to spend their life in the back of a closet. Which is only reasonable: there’s hardly any point worrying about the Sacraments when a GAFCON Bishop and his Stand Firm fan-club have already declared them irrelevant.
I’m Father Christian and I teach the Bible.