Comments: opinion

This interview with the Archbishop is very significant, and listening to it is strongly recommended. Here's the outline structure from the web page:

The Anglican Communion, 00:00-02:22;
Anglicans/Episcopalians in North America, 02:22-04.45;
The Lambeth Conference, 04:45-05:40;
Payday lenders & Wonga, 05:40-08:33;
The Media, 08:33-10:00;
European Court of Human Rights & Human Rights issues, 10:00-13:07;
ISIL & Iraq situation, 13:07-17:10;
Northern Ireland political situation, 17:10-18:47;
Doubt in the Christian life, 18:47-end.

Posted by Simon Sarmiento at Saturday, 4 October 2014 at 11:48am BST

It's good to hear the ABC enlarge upon various issues though to be honest I didn't learn very much. He was given a very easy and sympathetic hearing which was probably to his disadvantage. Sharper questioning would have made for better communication. For example I found my eyes glazing over as he talked about the Middle East at one point in rather academic tones. A bit like the headmaster addressing 'School' or the lecturer conducting a tutorial, and I find that style gets up my nose a bit which is a shame because he really makes the effort to communicate thoughtfully.

So I don't want to be critical but I have to quote this: "All experience and a Christian understanding of the human being tells us that if people have power they will abuse it." Am I the only one who thought at that point of the church's official attitudes towards the rights of gay people, which the government on behalf of the British people has recognised but the CofE won't, preferring to bully and hector and exclude? Will he be writing to the Acting Bishop for Southwell and Nottingham and even the Archbishop of York repeating this statement? A rhetorical question of course...

Posted by Roger Antell at Saturday, 4 October 2014 at 7:15pm BST

Roger Antell, you are not alone in noting the dissonance in the ABC's statement about abuse of power and the policies of the CofE with regard to LGTB members of the church.

Posted by June Butler at Saturday, 4 October 2014 at 10:12pm BST

"Roger Antell, you are not alone in noting the dissonance in the ABC's statement about abuse of power and the policies of the CofE with regard to LGTB members of the church."

Ditto. He seems to have missed the log in his own eye.

Oddly enough, I have some hope. At least, I have hope as long as people are willing to converse about the "dissonance."

Posted by Cynthia at Sunday, 5 October 2014 at 6:22pm BST
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