At an afternoon press briefing here in Canterbury today the Archbishop of Canterbury seems to have generated as many questions as he answered.
We're still listening to the audio of the briefing trying to figure out exactly what he did say, but here's Jim Naughton's report, just posted to Episcopal Cafe:
Asked why ecumenical visitors from churches that have significant theological differences with the Anglican Communion were invited as “full participants” in the conference while Bishop Gene Robinson was excluded, Williams offered an answer I am still trying to parse.
My own notes are readable, but incomprehensible, and even after listening to a taped recording of the press conference, I am still not sure I have it right, but Williams seems to be arguing that bishops not only represent their diocese, but participate in a worldwide “fellowship,” that Gene’s membership in that fellowship is “questionable” for reasons that Williams did not elaborate upon, and that he had been excluded for those unexpressed reasons.
I am left wondering why being a gay bishop in a monogamous relationship calls one’s role in the global fellowship into question, while being a rampaging bigot in the mold of Archbishop Akinola does not.
Maybe Jim can ask THAT question at the next press briefing!