A failure of moral leadership

We heard this morning that the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church was disinvited from preaching in England attired in the Mitre (pointy hat) and carrying the Shepherds Crook (staff) that are the symbols of her office on grounds that not all English congregations accept women in the ministry. We believe that that the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, who wouldn’t be caught dead without his own Miter and Crook, wherever he trods, should not be looking for more reasons to flount his authority over a person whom he seems to regard as some mere skirt of a girl from the colonies.

Instead, we propose he demonstrate some real moral authority and try to explain “this Christianity thing” to the Anglican Church of Uganda, which not only supports the death penalty for gays (it’s a crime to be gay, right?), but is now proposing prison for those who fail to report gays (except, of course, if they happen to be an Anglican Minister). First Benedict, now Rowan Williams… is it any wonder people are leaving the church in droves?


About Chris Gulker

Chris Gulker, a self-described Infuential Blogger, lived in Menlo Park, California with spouse Linda. He passed away in late October 2010.
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2 Responses to A failure of moral leadership

  1. anonymous says:

    What a ridiculous post. I know the Archbishop of Canterbury very well and he possesses one of the greatest minds on the planet today – he can speak 11 languages and is a fellow at Oxford University. But far more than this he is maybe the most humble human being alive today. The man’s touching modesty is a beacon of hope in our troubled times, and if anyone can pull the church through one of its most troubled periods in history, Rowan Williams can. And I for one hope that I am around the day he finally gets the respect he deserves.

  2. cg says:

    By his deeds, the Archbishop shall be known. Like many, I was as delighted to hear of his appointment as I have been to see his failure to walk in the path of the Apostles and other Christians who have been sorely tested.

    To your list of traits I would add his palpable contempt for the church’s women, particularly in the U.S., and a certain amnesia for the teachings of Christ, especially when it comes to standing up for those who suffer persecution in Christ’s name.

    If, indeed, the Anglican communion “survives” under his leadership, one wonders what sort of ‘church’ it will be.

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