... the GAFCON proposals are not only not needed in England but are positively harmful and indeed offensive. This was more or less what I said on the radio last Thursday, where I distinguished carefully between the American and English situations. AS FAR AS ENGLAND IS CONCERNED, it is damaging, arrogant and irrelevant for GAFCON leaders to say, as they are now doing, ‘choose you this day whom you will serve’, with the implication that there are now only two parties in the church, the orthodox and the liberals, and that to refuse to sign up to GAFCON is to decide for the liberals. Things are just not like that. Certainly not here in England.
And then on the other hand, yesterday's General Synod was taken up with what to do about all the redundant (i.e., closed) historic churches in England (there are tons of them) and whether they should just keep them open for tourists. The inability to get it - especially from someone as esteemed at N.T. Wright - is simply astonishing. England appears to be about five years behind North America and are at the Titanic hitting the iceberg stage. No, that's not really an iceberg we just hit - no, not England. Meanwhile, All Souls Langham Place is stuffed to the rafters with his fellow Englishmen and Englishwomen who are gravely concerned that indeed that is an iceberg ahoy and one either needs to navigate around it or hit it. But my dear bishop, sticking your head in the sand and saying "not here in England," brings up images of that unfortunate prime minister, you know the one - he came just before Winston Churchill.
Read the whole thing here. It is simply astonishing. Of course, we haven't had a visit by N.T. Wright to The Falls Church since the Troubles. Wonder why he stays away? Gotta watch out for those uppity laity, you know. They can really get out of sorts - and dredging up a kind of false nationalism ("not here in England!") doesn't rise from us outrage as much as it does pity.