Friday, 12 December 2008

Handbags And Mitres At Dawn!

The Rt Rev John Chane, the Bishop of Washington, has criticised Dr Rowan Williams's handling of the crisis over gay clergy in the Church.

In a letter to his clergy, he claims that the archbishop has encouraged conservatives who are determined to destroy the Anglican Church by listening to their demands for a breakaway province.
Hmmm, I guess, in the Church, it’s not good to talk!
Dr Williams last week met with the primates of Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda, who boycotted this summer's Lambeth Conference and instead held their own conference, called Gafcon, which proposed the creation of a rival global network of traditionalists.

They have supported moves to set up a new Church in America opposed to gay clergy and led by the deposed bishop of Pittsburgh, Bob Duncan.
Well, if you join an organisation steeped in history and well-grounded rules for behaviour, and it then steadily begins to erode away all the features you joined it for in favour of new ideas, it’s not so surprising, is it?
"It would be folly for the Archbishop to even consider recognising a non-geographical province because it would unleash chaos in the Communion, with theological minorities in every jurisdiction seeking to affiliate with likeminded Anglicans in other provinces," said Bishop Chane.

"Unfortunately, the Archbishop has contributed to the confusion and anxiety the leaders of the proposed province have sought to foster by meeting on numerous occasions with [Bob] Duncan and his allies.

"These meetings have bestowed an unwarranted sense of legitimacy on those who seek to deconstruct the Anglican Communion."
What should he have done, then…? Let them form a breakaway church? I’m struggling to see how that might have helped, but admittedly, I don’t have a dog in this fight…
The bishop, who is one of the leading figures in the US Church and conducted the funeral of Ronald Reagan, said that the plan to create a 39th province was an attempt to undermine the current leadership.

He added: [It] is a rejection of the respectful diversity and generous orthodoxy that defines the Communion. It flies in the very face of what it truly means to be an Anglican."
So, what does Bishop Chane view his letter as, if not an ‘attempt to undermine the current leadership’..?

You know, I’m sure there’s something in the Bible about motes and beams….

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is what happens when a Christian church elects a druid as its leader. Bound to be difficulties and tensions. I don't go to church as I'm an atheist, simple. Raised a Catholic though - oooh loads of issues indeed. So many fundamentalist evangelical christians worry me as much as fundamentalist muslims. That said, if I did believe and went to church it would annoy the hell out of me to see my spiritual leders behaving like an inept bunch of right on municipal socialist losers from the late 70's and early '80's in full loony left spasm. They've got a big guide book so why don't they use it. This constant re-interpretation of its contents is what baffles and annoys so many peeps. As for Rowan Williams, no one understands a word he utters. I do worry that our churches will eventually become mosques because the people in charge seem hell bent on emptying them due to their bizarre antics.

JuliaM said...

"So many fundamentalist evangelical christians worry me as much as fundamentalist muslims."

In thoughts, maybe. But in deeds...? There's still a big gulf between one set and the other.

"...the people in charge seem hell bent on emptying them due to their bizarre antics"

Yes. It's sad to see, even if you don't believe yourself, isn't it?

Rob said...

Um...didn't the Anglican church come into being because of a schism?