Sunday, February 10, 2008

Will Monday be the end of the line for Rowan?

The Daily Mail thinks it might:

The Archbishop of Canterbury is expected to face calls for his resignation when the Church of England's general synod meets today.

Dr. Williams's supporters fear that a synod member may call for an emergency vote on his resignation.

Read the rest, but remember we are talking the Daily Mail.

I think he’ll have a difficult Monday, but will survive the day somehow. Church of England types aren’t that good at making actual decisions, much less telling an Archbishop of Canterbury to go away.

Whether he survives the week is another matter. For one thing, Christians under attack by Islam have only begun to vent their outrage. And in the U.K., I suspect the anger may be such that if Rowan isn’t sent off, there will be hell to pay for the Church of England. They may find they must get rid of him in self-preservation.

In any case, it will be an interesting week.


Dr. Mabuse said...

Is the Synod open to the public? Anyone live-blogging it? Or is there a web feed where we could watch it online? There's no reason why the English should do things the same way the Americans do, but I confess I got a bit spoiled by all the instant reporting we got during big TEC meetings in the U.S., and I'd like to follow this in real time.

Tregonsee said...

So a hypothetical here. Suppose he resigns. How quickly could a new ABC be picked, especially with the competing groups trying to game the selection? If we have a new ABC in a couple of months, will there still be pressure, or an excuse, to cancel the Lambeth Meeting this year, or delay it for a couple of years?

Mark said...

Good questions.

On the Synod, sadly, I know of no live blogging it or of any live coverage. If I become aware of any, I'll post it.