Sunday, December 06, 2009

The Archbishop who has uttered nary a word in opposition to the Ugandan "kill the gays" legislation ...

... didn't waste a minute in speaking his mind about our elections this weekend in Los Angeles.

Archbishop of Canterbury's Statement on Los Angeles Episcopal Elections [source link]December 6, 2009 9:54 AM

[Lambeth] The election of Mary Glasspool by the Diocese of Los Angeles as suffragan bishop elect raises very serious questions not just for the Episcopal Church and its place in the Anglican Communion, but for the Communion as a whole. The process of selection however is only part complete. The election has to be confirmed, or could be rejected, by diocesan bishops and diocesan standing committees.

That decision will have very important implications. The bishops of the Communion have collectively acknowledged that a period of gracious restraint in respect of actions which are contrary to the mind of the Communion is necessary if our bonds of mutual affection are to hold.

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So the Archbishop who won't speak up on death to Ugandan gays WILL speak up in order to kill the election of a gay bishop? Remember the emperor who had no clothes? With all due respect, your grace, you have become an archbishop who has no credibility.
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11 comments:

Interim said...

well I know it is not the most insightful comment but *blech* is all I can say about his silence in Uganda

slovenejean said...

A big "AMEN!" to that. I once thought +Rowan was a good choice for ABC, but no longer. He has lost the last shred of respect I had for him.

Cameron Partridge said...

yep, you hit the nail on the head

IT said...

Great great commentary in the Guardianfrom andrew Brown:

Consider the case of two Anglicans of the same gender who love one another. If they are in the USA, the Anglican church will marry them and may elect one of them to office. If they are in Uganda, the Anglican church will have try to have them jailed for life, and ensure that any priest who did not report them to the authorities within 24 hours would be jailed for three years; anyone who spoke out in their defence might be jailed for seven.

Under Williams, the church that marries two women who love each other is to be thrown out of the Anglican Communion. The church that would jail them both for life, and would revile and persecute their defenders, stays snugly in his bosom. Not even the Archbishop's remarkable gift for obfuscation can conceal these facts forever.

Burl said...

Rowan is speaking at the Trinity Institute in January. This would be an opportune moment to raise several issues with him - he's already heard our stories and they seem to be inconsequential to him - his reticence about saying anything about the proposed murder of gays and friends in Uganda, the fundamentalists in the communion (Mark Lawrence,Kendall, where are you?), why it is more offensive to ordain LGBTs than to kill them, colonialism, whether he understands that he has no authority abroad, etc. I'm sure many clever people have serious questions and this is a splendid chance to have a dialogue with him.

john said...

Where is the Trinity Institute? If it's in this country, that would be an excellent place to let him know he is no longer welcome in the United States.

Elizabeth Kaeton said...

How can you tell if the ABC is issuing a statement?

No one is paying any attention.

JTurner said...

Wow. Just--wow.
IT's comment hit it right on the head. That's a communion the Episcopal Church should be proud NOT to be a part of!

Richard said...

And who cares what ++Rowan has to say about the ethics or theology of any subject, let alone the world economy? Let him speak out about the Ugandan legislation and then maybe...MAYbe...he might gain the credibility to speak at the Trinity Institute. "Come out, Rowan" indeed...

MarkBrunson said...

Time to arrange a trip to the Trinity Institute.

Martin T. said...

I agree, this did hurt the Archbishop's credibility. He should have spoke out firmly against BOTH issues.