Sunday, 16 October 2011
In the context of politics in the region, one can only pray that the dismissal of the original Supreme Court ruling that gifted excommunicated former Bp.Nolbert Konunga with properties of the Church in Zimbabwe will not be back-tracked in the wake of the ABC's visit to Zimbabwe.
It would appear that Mugabe's friend, Kunonga's plan to high-jack Harare Cathedral and other Church properties has, in the meantime, been thwarted. One cannot help wondering whether this situation may yet be a pawn in the Mugabe Government's move to get the current British Sanctions removed. The world will be watching.
There was a report early on in the tour when one of Rowan's aides was reported as saying to a journalist "This is not a game."
That reminded us that people's whole lives were being destroyed by what is happening in Zimbabwe, and that the threat to gay people - "Homosexuals must die" - is very real and being fanned by the Church.
It also reminded me of the negative piece in the run-up to the visit from Jonathan Wynne-Jones which was predicting the visit would worsen the situation. What "game" was he playing?
Of course diplomacy has often been called "The Great Game" and I have seen some real players making their moves in my time, but one has to admit that this visit was an unmitigated triumph for Rowan Williams and those who predicted doom are left looking pretty silly.
The media coverage was amazing, worldwide and often in great depth. There will be some very happy people in Lambeth and at the ACO to be sure.
Getting it this right is rare.
What's more the first outcomes look promising ........