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Anglican Head Cedes Leadership To Africa

Jim Burroway

August 24th, 2010

According to this NTVUganda news report, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams appears to have thrown in the towl in the face of the African rebellion. Responding to Ugandan archbishop Henry Luke Orombi’s call to “send missionaries to America and Europe to take back the gospel from these sending nations,” Williams conceded that it may indeed be “God’s Will” that African bishops continue to foment division within the Worldwide Anglican communion:

God raises up different countries and cultures in different seasons to bear witness to his purpose in especially marked ways. This indeed may be His will for Africa in the years ahead.”

There is also a clip of Uganda’s Prime Minister Apollo Nsibambi declaring to warm applause that “Africa has been exemplary, at least in not accepting homosexuality.”

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Ben in Oakland
August 24th, 2010 | LINK

Spineless to the bitter end.

Richard W. Fitch
August 24th, 2010 | LINK

The civilized Provinces of the WWAC can breathe more easily once the African primates have independent control of their jungle.

Rob
August 24th, 2010 | LINK

I’ve always imagined Richard Dawkins as the next Archbishop of Canterbury. Ironically, I think he would have done a better job than Williams in putting the African church leaders in their rightful place.

Riva
August 24th, 2010 | LINK

Yes, Richard, while the queers and other minorities within the African Anglican community wonder why their brethren within the church have abandoned them.

Riva
August 24th, 2010 | LINK

Also, what the everloving f*ck? I will never understand how people can toss their own common sense and humanity aside and allow ‘god’ to create such monstrosities. God’s will is hate? When people wonder how I can be an atheist, I point to stories like this.

Mihangel apYrs
August 24th, 2010 | LINK

Williams is a coward. He has gay friends but he shafts them to support the Anglican community

The African Church wants blood and money:

“Beardy” will give it to them

And be ostracised by right-thinking Xians

grantdale
August 24th, 2010 | LINK

Poor ol’ Catweazel. Life is certainly much more of a struggle when you don’t have a spine, and must eat all your suppers with a very long spoon.

On related news the United Nations Commission on Human Rights have just elevated Idi Amin, Pol Pot, François Duvalier, Hastings Banda, Jean-Bédel Bokassa, Mobutu Sese Seko and Kim Il-sung to the status of patron saints.

Life is nothing but full of irony, is it not?

Other Fred in the UK
August 24th, 2010 | LINK

I think this discussion is a bit unsympathetic to Williams predicament. If he did show some spine the African Primates would likely break their Communion with the British and North American churches, loosing what chance there is for influence over Anglicans in Africa now and in the future. I don’t think that the Archbishop of Canterbury can win no matter what he does.

Scott P.
August 25th, 2010 | LINK

Well, Other Fred, if you can’t win, do what’s right.

Mihangel apYrs
August 25th, 2010 | LINK

Other Fred, there comes a time when trying to appease the African church in the hope of influencing them becomes a state of abject surrender of principles and friends to maintain an abusive relationship.

AJD
August 25th, 2010 | LINK

As the Vatican protects pedophiles, Canterbury crumples in fear before African bigots. This guy is truly pathetic.

If I were him, I would have simply said to the African bishops: “If you want to leave, then go right ahead! We won’t stop you!”

A schism would only further isolate them and also cut them off from the funding contributed by wealthier dioceses while also greatly reducing their ability to influence churches in the West. Any churches in the West that did join with the African churches would make pariahs of themselves as well, considering that aligning oneself with murderers isn’t too fashionable these days.

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