Archbishop Rowan Williams: everybody’s whipping boy

by Richard on June 27, 2006

via Sperocite (excellent resource!) I picked up Vatican to Anglicans: NO to Women Bishops by one Gavin Swank. It’s basically a downer on the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams.

Of course, to Williams biblical data seems to hold little value. He has not stepped forward as a biblical champion on any doctrinal issue, particularly not speaking prophetically against homosexual alliances. Therefore, it would no doubt be just as well for soul-health if the Vatican gave up any chance whatsoever to link up with Anglicanism in its present apostate state.

Meanwhile, Father Jake points us to this Guardian article which is equally hard on the Archbishop, but for the opposite reason.

It might be imagined that at this point Williams would finally remember his principles and intervene. And intervene he does. He warns the Americans of their duty not to offend the Africans, and lobbies parliament for exemptions from UK anti-discrimination legislation to ensure that all church schools will have the right to maintain a consistent anti-homosexual ethos. And under his leadership the Church of England itself is becoming increasingly active in the persecution and expulsion of its own homosexual membership, with sanctions imposed against everyone from homosexual clergy to homosexual godparents, with no rebuke or restraint of any kind imposed on those who continue open campaigns against all gay people and their supporters

I’ve been critical of Rowan Williams myself at times. But if he’s getting it in the neck from both wings of the church, i suspect he may be getting things about right.

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Wood 06.27.06 at 2:04 pm

It’s like I’ve been saying for years: the poor guy can’t win.


Dave 06.27.06 at 2:05 pm

Archbishop Rowan has released a statementy lecture type thing today (links from somewhere like in which he sets out what the future might be for us Anglicans. I listened to it over lunch. I think he’s a wise man doing the best he can in the circumstances.

(My lunch was ham sandwiches with mini tomatos. I love mini tomatos.)


Malc 06.27.06 at 4:10 pm

It’s like the saying, “if someone’s complaining, you must be doing something right!!”


Beth 06.27.06 at 5:05 pm

I love Rowan!

(I also love mini tomatoes and have two boxes of them which this has just reminded me to eat… thanks Dave!)


Kim 06.27.06 at 5:15 pm

Peacemakers - they always get shot at from both sides.


Joel 07.01.06 at 11:03 pm

I really feel for the box he is in. I don’t know of any easy solutions, but I have a feeling that his solution regarding the American Episcopal Church will lead to it leaving the Anglican Church if the former is relegated to non-voting “associate” status for any lengthy period of time.

Part of the problem is that at the congregational level, American congregants as a whole don’t have that much of a sense of belonging to a greater union. That’s a shame, but a reality nevertheless. One priest pointed out that until Bishop Robinson’s consecration, many/most Episcopalians knew little to nothing about the Anglican union. The best way to start learning is probably not when the greater union disapproves of your actions.

Another priest mentioned that the Episcopal Church hasn’t historically been consulted by other Anglican churches before taking actions that the U.S. church didn’t care much for.


Richard 07.02.06 at 6:14 am

I get the impression that being the Archbishop of Canterbury is a pretty miserable job…

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