Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Andrei An apology from the Archbishop of Canterbury

The BBC, who love apologies, breathlessly report
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has opened the General Synod with a speech calling for an end to infighting over the ordination of gay clergy in the United States and women bishops in England.
During his speech Dr Williams apologised for appearing to undervalue the contribution of the LGBT community (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people) to the Anglican Church in the UK.
The thing is, of course, it takes special qualities to be a Bishop. Qualities that few have.

And having "openly" gay bishops in order to somehow "relate" to the GLBT members of the flock is not a necessary thing at all.

Indeed it does all a disservice. The Christian life is one of struggle - struggle against the pitfalls and snares of this world and there are many, unbridled sexuality being just one.

And our best defense against all of these things is to put Christ first and foremost in everything.

And when the Church forgets this and slides into activism to promote whatever the cause de jour may be it looses its way and puts its people in jeopardy.

Everybody is welcome in Church but they should come there to heal their souls not to be hectored about whatever fad the leadership is espousing this year.

Last Sunday I posted of the Last Judgement and the separation of the Sheep from the Goats.

Well in Church we are all numbered amongst the goats, we are there to be transformed into sheep and that is the real task of the leadership from the most humble of deacons through to most exalted bishops.

And this can only be accomplished by helping us to focus on Christ and what he wants of us.

3 comment(s):

MK said...

I'm waiting for ol rowan to call on his church to convert to islam, with him leading the way off course, it's got to be the next fad with his kind.

Glenn said...

I agree that the Church of England should apologise for the infighting over the ordination of openly gay (i.e. living in same-sex union) clergy. What a shame that a fight arose over something like that. Those who challenged the church to accept their version of marriage should now apologise, and they should withdraw their claim that the church should change to suit them.

Well said, Rowan.

Michael Wynd said...

I wonder who it is he is apologising to? Did I miss the special contribution that the LGBT community made to the Anglican Church or are they just another special interest group that needs to be appeased as per Labour's Rainbow faction? This infighting is only going to be damaging to the church further and an apology is not going to fix the problems that beset the Anglican Church. This is what happens when you lose your way from good biblical guidance and try to become a "modern" church.

I endorse your comments wholeheartedly.

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