Thinking Anglicans

NCR profile on Rowan Williams

John Wilkins, former editor of The Tablet, writes at great length in the American National Catholic Reporter about Anglican schism?
This is the cover story for the issue dated 14 September. There is an annoying subscription offer that you have to push past to get to the article but it’s well worth reading in full.

Update Also see this accompanying page: The Anglican crisis in brief.

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Cheryl Clough
13 years ago

It is an insightful article and perhaps what is interesting is what discussed and what is not addressed. The power politics of who will control what and how for what reasons is covered; but the biblical principles of ending tyranny and accusations are not considered. At one point it suggests “…the Episcopal church in the United States took no such global view when it ordained Gene Robinson to the episcopate. Indeed, the presiding bishop at the time, Frank Griswold, announced that “we thought it was a local matter…” Jesus life and resurrection might have appeared to be a local event… Read more »

Pluralist
13 years ago

Interesting line: solutions that pile anomaly upon anomaly. This would seem to be the most positive outcome that can be expected given all that is going on. The lecture Rowan Williams has just given was excellent. This is where he can be on the button. http://pluralistspeaks.blogspot.com/2007/09/rowan-williamss-excellent-lecture.html I think this lecture does relate to him as an Archbishop, that he is speaking to and of a society that is – complex and diverse – and the input of the Bhagavad Gita, the New Testament of the Bible and the Qur’an into responses to power that themselves do not mirror such power.… Read more »

jnwall
jnwall
13 years ago

I find especially powerful, insightful, and true +Rowan’s observation that “The Church is, in this perspective, the trustee of a vision that is radical and universal, the vision of a social order that is without fear, oppression , the violence of exclusion and the search for scapegoats because it is one where each recognizes their dependence on all and each is seen as having an irreplaceable gift for all.” Trying to live out this vision of the Church is precisely why the Episcopal Church consecrated Gene Robinson a Bishop. It is precisely why, when Jesus comes among the councils of… Read more »

BobinSwPA
BobinSwPA
13 years ago

I was surprised by the tenor of the article considering Romes position on women’s ordination and homosexuality. I almost felt as if Rome (or at least this publication) is hoping for a happy ending for all in the AC.

Bob

Ley Druid
Ley Druid
13 years ago

In response to what Bob said, “I was surprised by the tenor of the article considering Rome’s position on women’s ordination and homosexuality. I almost felt as if Rome (or at least this publication) is hoping for a happy ending for all in the AC.” I should think that prayerfulness is far more becoming for Catholics than schadenfreude; it is only by the grace of God that they don’t face a similar fate. In response to what Rowan Williams said, “I do accept that there are moments when people say, truth before unity. I understand why the Reformation happened, why… Read more »

Cheryl Clough
13 years ago

Ley quoted ABC “I do accept that there are moments when people say, truth before unity. I understand… where the only unity that could have survived… absolutely undermined the integrity of the church.” “Clearly some people in the United States have seen this as that sort of moment. I don’t.” If was simply a comparison between different theological positions and church life would be much the same under either position, then Rowan’s position would be credible. The distinction lies not in how to handle GLBTs scripturally, that is simply a manifestation of whether a church embraces vilification and power mongering… Read more »

Cheryl Clough
13 years ago

If you want to know if this source is neutral (not) then read this article about Schori. http://www.cwnews.com/offtherecord/offtherecord.cfm?task=singledisplay&recnum=4375 See these comments: “Jefferts Schori based her address… on Isaiah 61:1-9, saying that the verses sum up God’s dream for humanity. “This vision of a restored world, this dream of God, is what drives me,” she said. The can’t phrase “God’s dreams” — an expression as fatuous as it is precious — is enjoying a vogue in the precincts of squish spirituality, including the Roman Catholic variety.” Shortly thereafter “Hence the invocation of God’s Dreams serves as a joker in the theological… Read more »

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