The Last Straw
For most of his tenure as Archbishop of Canterbury, I’ve respected, even to some extent trusted Rowan Williams.
Yes, though I’ve been quiet about it, I’ve been watching Anglican developments back in the U. S. And in the press conference today in New Orleans, Rowan Williams completely lost any right to be trusted by orthodox Anglicans.
The whole thing is appalling, including his spinning the Tanzania Communique as just a “place to start.” But the following is what is the last straw for me.
Q: What would you say to those who want to be Anglican but cannot in good conscience remain Episcopalian?
ABC: Start by looking for arrangements and situations within what is there because grace is given through even hopeless places. Isn’t God’s grace still given sacramentally in the Episcopal Church? I would be slow to look for solutions elsewhere.
In other words, if you in good conscience can’t remain Episcopalian, then . . . remain Episcopalian.
Thanks a lot, Rowan. Really helpful there.
And this (The emphasis is mine.):
Q: There have been interventions throughout the Episcopal Church Does this trouble you?
ABC: yes, there is a long history of unease about this in the Church. I would really, really prefer and hope to work for a local solution. My predecessor would not recognize illicit bishops I find myself in the same difficulty. More interventions make it difficult to find viable solutions.
“Illicit bishops”?!? That’s what he calls new bishops seeking to provide relief to the orthodox. Instead of giving them the respect and position they merit, he insults them.
Has he called anything The Episcopal Church or any other apostates have done “illicit”?
He has shown today that he doesn’t give a damn about distressed North American Anglicans.
That’s it for me.
I once desired to be in full communion with Canterbury. Now I don’t even know if I can take communion again in the U. K., even from a staunchly orthodox parish. I took communion tonight at Christ Church before I read about this press conference. I’m glad it was an excellent service (which I’ll probably post on), because I probably will not be able to take communion there or anywhere in any church in full communion with Canterbury again.
I hope against hope I can one day without reservation.
But I’m not holding my breath. Bring on a new orthodox Anglican Communion.