The Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams has today revealed that he is to step down from his role at the end of the year.
His decision comes after 10 years in the post and after accepting the position of Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge.
The Archbishop is the Focus of Unity for the Anglican Communion. He is convener and host of the Lambeth Conference, President of the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC), and Chair of the Primates' meeting.Hmm. I thought our focus of unity was Jesus Christ. Archbishop Rowan has not been a focus of any sort of unity for me for a very long time.
Dr John Sentamu: "The last decade has been a challenging time for the Church of England and the Anglican Communion. Thankfully, Archbishop Rowan is a remarkable and gifted leader who has strengthened the bonds of affection."Lay Anglicana:
It is interesting to speculate what effect the resignation of the Archbishop of Canterbury is likely to have on the outcome. On the one hand, people might feel that they owe him a ‘yes’ vote as evidence of their loyalty. On the other hand, they may feel that if he is not to remain in office during the period when it will need to be implemented, it is not necessary to follow his lead and they will be free to vote according to their own views.Five diocesan synods in the Church of England will meet tomorrow and vote on the adoption of the Anglican Covenant. Pray for wisdom for the members as they cast their votes.
Bishop Alan Wilson on the Anglican Covenant:
I shall listen carefully to the debate in our diocese. I can only vote for the covenant if those who support it can produce something very much better than tendentious waffle spiced by emotional blackmail to explain it.
The row that produced this document has, mercifully, moved on fundamentally from the night of the long knives to the night of the long trousers. I don’t want to go back to where we were on the gay issue, and I don’t want to have a two-speed Church, and I don’t want to add to the burdens on colleagues abroad, and I don’t want to collude with childish attempts to punish the Americans for being children of the Enlightenment, if such they are. Neither do I think a healthy family should roll over in a supine way and pretend to believe in something it doesn’t just because Daddy will be upset if it doesn’t.
The whole thing is foolish, and founded on a damaging control fantasy. Best give it a decent Christian burial and move on.