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?