Saturday, February 18, 2017

Remember him?

Less than a week after one of the Queen’s Chaplains spoke out against an Islamic Prayer denying the divinity of Jesus Christ being read out in a Scottish Cathedral, the senior churchman has tendered his resignation from that office. Former Chaplain to Her Majesty the Reverend Gavin Ashenden announced his resignation on his personal blog on Saturday night, anticipating that a BBC Radio 4 segment on him and the controversy surrounding the Quranic readings in a Scottish Cathedral to be broadcast on Sunday morning would reveal his resignation despite his requests to the contrary. Remarking that the decision to step down was “the most honourable course of action” and had come after years of “attempts to silence or defenestrate me”, Rev. Ashenden said he had spoken out in the past on controversial matters as a “matter of integrity and responsibility”.

How sad it is that when a Christian clergyman speaks in his role as priest, chaplain, and defender of the faith, he is being political and must resign being a chaplain to the Queen who is, by the way, the defender of the faith. I had reported on this originally but had failed to report on the consequence.  Sad.  But not unexpected.


Ted Badje said...

If the PC culture isn't the mark of the Antichrist, I don't know what is!

Anonymous said...

Sadly, the CoE is done. Stick a fork in it!

They have abandoned Christianity in favor of salvation through multiculturalism. It was not always so, and there are still many Anglicans who have not gone over the cliff.

Fr. D+
Continuing Anglican Priest

Anonymous said...

Not the first, and yet one of the pebbles falling that signals an avalanche, I'm afraid. Pray for all ministers in Christ.

Carl Vehse said...

Tell me again why we bothered to sacrifice American lives to save Great Britain?

Jason Kiefer said...

I am not sure all the reasons why the LCMS wishes to converse with ACNA. Sure it is nice we get along on some issues, but they tend to be because we both are more traditional and conservative. But theologically... To me in healing the Church, I understand Roman Catholics and Eastern Orthodox and ILC Lutherans. But why include Anglicans? Their whole basis is a king who wanted a son, and declared himself head of the Church of England. Very secular and political, even from a Defender of the Faith. A lot of this can be teased out, but to me it is no surprise at all the Anglican Church has faltered so badly. They wanted to be their own boss, to be English. I have my doubts about their desire to be God-pleasing first and foremost. And then when Presbyterianism and Methodism also came out of the British Isles... So much sadness, but what did you expect?