Sunday, December 6, 2009

Rowan Williams responds to LA election

Let's just be clear, shall we? Rowan Williams has nothing to say about the Gay Death Bill in Uganda, nor the African bishops who support it.

But about LA, he says,
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.
From this, i take his message to be: Kill gays if you must, anything so long as you don't make them Bishops.

As Rev Barbara Harris, the first woman Bishop in the Episcopal Church, said memorably
"If you don't want GLBT folks as bishops, don't ordain them as deacons, better yet, be honest and say 'we don't want you, you don't belong here' and don't bestow on them the sacrament of baptism to begin with," said Harris to applause. "How can you initiate someone and treat them like they are half-assed baptized."
Update: Andrew Brown, writing the Guardian, nails it:
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.

Or, as the irrepressible MadPriest put it, "Surely what's good for the gUSe should also be good for Uganda."

Update 2, another excellent piece in the Guardian:
The consecration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people as bishops, and blessing of same-sex partnerships, have been hotly debated in Anglican circles in recent years. Most provinces disapprove of such relationships, at least publicly, though some – such as the Church of England – rely heavily on LGBT clergy and layworkers. The Episcopal church, with the Anglican Church of Canada, has gone further than most towards including LGBT people at all levels.

Some see this as arrogance, others as bold prophetic leadership. Yet the Episcopal church is more in tune with traditional Anglicanism than many of its critics and supporters would admit.
Read the whole thing to find out how.


Göran Koch-Swahne said...

Dr Rowan is an embarrassment!

Leonardo Ricardo said...

I wonder if they put stuff in his oatmeal each morning? This guy is starting to quack, er crack!

The Werewolf Prophet said...

Rowan Williams needs to remember how well things went the last time some pompous fool of an English leader threatened the Americans.

Independence, anyone?

J. Michael Povey said...

If that good and tortured man ++ Rowan Williams chooses not speak out against the Ugandan Bill because he is subservient to the Head of The Commonwealth, Queen Elizabeth II, then neither should he chose to comment on the internal affairs of ECUSA since he is no more that "Primus Inter-Pares" in our Communion

07 December 2009 00:59

JCF said...

I'd been thinking that Andrew Brown's piece (conclusion) reminded me of something---today it came to me.

Sgt Leonard Matlovich, Vietnam Vet: I think the first discharged-for-being-gay serviceman to FIGHT his discharge. His epitaph: "The US government gave me a medal for killing two men, and a discharge for loving one."