Sunday, February 10, 2008

Rowan Williams opens Pandora's Box

The story continues now with the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey, comments that Rowan Williams"conclusion that Britain will eventually have to concede some place in law for aspects of Sharia is a view I cannot share. There can be no exceptions to the laws of our land which have been so painfully honed by the struggle for democracy and human rights. His acceptance of some Muslim laws within British law would be disastrous for the nation."

The AP has put up a video excerpt of Rowan Williams lecture so we can for ourselves what he said before he talked to the media:

With people booing the Archbishop of Canterbury and flurry of global opinion about his unfortunate remarks on sharia law, what this does is open up the conflict growing in the Anglican Communion even wider. The struggle in the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion is - at its heart - a struggle over the very identity of the Church and her mission in the world. Rowan Williams, intentionally or unintentionally, has opened up Pandora's Box.

The London Times here.
The New Republic
The BBC here.
The Spectator here.
The New Criterion
Atlantic Monthly here.
Welsh Media here.
Sunday Times here.
Sunday Herald here.
The Independent here.
Bloomberg here.
The Guardian has put up an interesting profile here.
Religion News Blog commentary and links here.
Greg at SF has a very good roundup of links here.
More from The Telegraph here.

I continue to question the competence of Rowan William's staff. It may be in fact likely that he has little or no authority over the hiring and firing of his staff. His own judgment is mystifying.

It does seem that he was hired for similar reason that Katharine Jefferts Schori was hired for her role. They both both exude this sort of "all is well" persona, one the feministic ideal the other the paternalistic ideal. Think about it.


Anonymous said...

Now the ABC on his website is saying that he didnt say what he said, but meant something else than what was reported. Unfortunately unlike the PB his lecture was recorded and his interview was recorded along with the correct title of his lecture. He can't weasel out of his yes like the Pb as to much has been reported on first hand. It appears that he needs more lessons from PB on how to say something and then deny saying it.

Anonymous said...

This is from Ruth gledhill's column,

Dr Williams holds such populist tendencies in disdain. His staff respect his office and his personal qualities too much to argue otherwise. The Archbishop’s lack of regard for the popular press in particular is indicated by the fact that his press secretary, the Rev Jonathan Jennings, is leaving in the next few months to return to parish work and insiders say that there are no plans to replace him. The present press officer, Marie Papworth, is expected to take on Mr Jennings’s duties.

The irony is that, at the highest level, Dr Williams has advisers equal to, if not superior to, those of Lord Carey. Chief among these is Tim Livesey, his secretary for public affairs. A father of five and a Roman Catholic, Mr Livesey succeeded Jeremy Harris, a man who shared the contempt for many journalists that they had for him, and who went on to work in a similar role at Oxford University.

Mr Livesey worked previously as public affairs adviser to the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, and before that served in Tony Blair’s Government, working in information and public diplomacy policy. He unquestionably has the abilities, contacts and intellect to extract Dr Williams from the hole into which he has cheerfully dug himself. The difficulty he and the Archbishop’s other advisers face is that Dr Williams does not believe he is in a hole, or that if he is, it is a false hole, one dug for him by the media