Monday, April 5, 2010

The man who presides over the auto-demolition of what's left of the Anglican ecclesial body has the temerity to judge the "credibility" of others

This is turning into a "divine comedy" of epic proportions. Where's a new Dante when you need him?

"Rowan Williams has developed a reputation for obliquity in his time at Canterbury: a man for whom to um is human, but to er, divine. But every now and then he says something completely straightforward, without hesitation. This morning the BBC will broadcast his recorded remarks on the Irish Catholic crisis, in which he says, quite in passing, that the church there has "lost all credibility". This perception is so widely shared, and so close to the truth, that to say it out loud has provoked an enormous row. After the interview was made public, Williams produced an uncharacteristically political apology – which is to say that he regrets the offence he has caused, but not the offending remark; the Roman Catholic archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, could be heard on Radio 4 yesterday biting back the word "insult" when he was asked about it."

If you really need to read more, go for it.

He has made the egregious blunder of appearing merely petty and whining in light of the numbers of souls flooding from Anglicanism into the Church after Pope Benedict's sterling leadership on the issue of the Anglican Rite permission. Sorry, Rowan. Although friendship with Anglicans certainly is a very good thing, salvation of souls comes first: orders from "The Boss".

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