Make no mistake about it: Sydney Anglicans are Protestants and they ain’t finished protesting against us yet. But at least they do not extend their protestations to inhospitality, and that is something.
Dean Phillip Jenson, the brother of the Sydney Anglican Archbishop, has written an article in the Sydney Morning Herald called “Church of Rome hath erred, but Anglicans won’t rain on Pope’s parade”. If nothing else, it is an encouragement to see that some Anglicans in Australia are sticking to their historic identity as “Protestors”:
So we protest against Roman Catholic claims to authority. We object to the Pope claiming to be the Vicar of Christ. We reject all claims to authority that imply the insufficiency of scripture. We reject any implication that Jesus’s work on the cross was insufficient or is received by more than faith or requires some other mediator.
No, don’t bother explaining to Dean Jenson that he has most of this wrong. He won’t listen. He will assure you that he knows the Catholic Church better than we Catholics do. If you want another example of Sydney Anglican Protestation, go read the book “Nothing in my hand I bring” by Ray Galea. He gets most of it twisted too, but again, at least he knows what he is. He is a Protestant.
One would think that the Jensons would have enough protesting to do about the current state of the Anglican Church to keep them from being too worried about their neighbours who are Catholic. But no, Sydney Anglicans are so good at Protesting that they can protest on more than one front at the same time.
Nevertheless, Sydney Anglicans will be, according to Dean Jenson, good hosts for the World Youth Day. These Anglicans may protest, but they are civil and polite after all. One day, however, it is to be hoped that they might wake up to the fact that one the current religious landscape the Catholics may be the best friends and allies they have.