Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Archbishop of Canterbury’s Address to Synod

Dr. Rowan William’s address to Synod is now posted.

For the most part, I do not find much notable in it. It is mostly a rehash, albeit an eloquent one, of things he has already said. Perhaps I am missing something, but I do not see much guidance on the issues facing Synod.

However, he does make a favorable, if brief, mention of ACNA.

And, in the context of the current debates over proposed “Equality” legislation, he warns of being too quick to try to get the government to enforce one’s claims to equality and/or freedom. For “it is a short-sighted government that creates powers for itself which could be used by a later government for exactly opposite purposes.”

The Archbishop quite clearly and at some length states his distrust of government power to enforce rights. And, coming from Dr. Williams, I find both the clarity and the distrust a pleasant surprise.

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