Aussie Anglican Won't Make Nice for Papal Visit

Cleric has no beef with controversial government funding
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 26, 2008 1:09 PM CDT
Bishop Christopher Saunders of Broome, right, and Bishop Anthony Fisher OP. model new robes that are to be worn by clergy at the 23rd World Youth Day.   (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
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(Newser) – An influential Anglican cleric won’t be welcoming Pope Benedict to Australia with open arms. But the outspoken dean of Sydney, whose brother is the city's archbishop, says he has no trouble with the public funding that's going toward the pontiff's July visit. Phillip Jensen says he won’t be “going to see him or waving a flag,” but neither will he “pray for rain on his parade.”

“There is nothing in modern Roman Catholicism that reduces our need to protest,” Jensen said. “They have not repented of their Reformation errors.”