7.8.08

CEN reports on What the blogs say

CEN reports on What the Blogs Say
“Praise the Lord the End is Nigh,” blogs Ruth Gledhill at
Times Online: “We’re still here but now we’re contemplat-
ing The End, if not of the Anglican Communion at least of
the Lambeth Conference.”
To summarise, she quotes the words of one George Con-
ger: “‘The prospects for a united Anglican Communion
appear less likely now than at the start of the confer-
ence.’This has so far been a wasted opportunity,’ one sen-
ior Church of England bishop told The Church of England
Newspaper, while the Church of Ireland’s Bishop Harold
Miller of Down and Dromore said, ‘our situation is that we
either face the storm here, addressing the difficulties in
the next two days or find the storm ahead when we have
returned home. I don’t think the difficulties will go away’.”
A sympathetic contributor writes: “We can all under-
stand your joy that the ‘End’ is in sight and I, for one, hope
we shall have you to tell us about it when the NEXT ones
take place. The Anglican Communion will not die, provid-
ing surgical procedures can be implemented in time to
excise certain of the neoplastic elements which are ham-
pering its continued healthy growth and development.”
The remarks of the Archbishop of Uganda, the Most Rev
Henri Luke Orombi, attacking the Archbishop of Canter-
bury for being but a remnant of colonialism are discussed
by George Pitcher with a member of the conference: “My
eminent friend looks distant for a moment. ‘It’s Orombi’s
way of getting into the conference,’ he replies. ‘If he’s got
something to say to us, he should have come here to say it.
It’s a sign of how frustrated the boycotters are that the
Anglican Communion is getting on with its business with-
out them. And it’s a very childish response.’
“Sounds about right. To which one might add that Dr
Orombi’s talk is of colonialism and the removal of authori-
ty from the Archbishopric of Canterbury. So it’s good to
know for certain now that all the protestations from the
alternative conference Gafcon about the boycott not being
an African power-play, but rather a claim for authentic
Christian witness based on biblical authority, are worth
about as much as the Archbishop of Uganda’s respect for
his fellow bishops.”
Also blogging for the Telegraph, Jonathan Wynne-Jones
looks at the other side of the Church: “Americans aren’t
dumb, and not really ignorant either, just ‘unaware’ of the
impact of their actions. This is the view of Ian Douglas and
he should know —- he is the Angus Dun Professor of Mission
and World Christianity at Episcopal Divinity School,
Massachusetts. He argues that the American bishops are gen-
uine in claiming they had no idea that consecrating an
openly gay bishop would engulf the Anglican Com-
munion in a crisis that has impacted almost every one
of its 38 provinces. “Until recently, most Americans
didn’t even realise they were a part of Anglicanism,
he says.” One contributor writes: “The Ameri-
cans knew darned well what they were doing and
the implications: they decided to act now and apologise
later.”

Blogging providing a new news, accessible to all and where all
can contribute - how inclusive! Well, give you've got access to
a PC that is.

This blog rests for a week - see you on the 16th.
God bless.

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