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06 April 2010
What is Canterbury playing at?
Just a thought, but could someone please explain why Archbishop Rowan Williams is playing silly buggers with the Papists? He made a good start by pointing out that the scandals that have hit the Roman Church have caused the body to lose all credibility in Ireland. However, and inexplicably, he then backtracked and basically apologised for telling the truth, leaving Papist writers to have a field day.

The point is that as far as the Anglicans are concerned the Bishop of Rome is a Churchman who, admittedly, has no power in England. As far as the Bishop and all his underlings are concerned, the Archbishop of Canterbury is a bloke in a frilly frock. It is for that reason that the Papists set up the Ordinariate last year, to seduce Anglicans from their loyalty to Canterbury and woo them to Rome. The Papists would not have done that had they regarded Anglicanism as a legitimate body - but they don't.

Now that the Papes are being hit from all sides in Ireland, the time is ripe to pay them back in their own coin. The Anglican Church should be funnelling money to it's sister body the Church of Ireland on the principle that payback is a bitch.

No Pope of Rome,
No incense to get in my eyes,
No nuns and no priests,
No rosary beads,
Every day is the 12th of July.



Perhaps the Archdruid realised that the surest way for the Irish church to regain credibility is for the Anglicans to pile in on them.

6 April 2010 at 01:22  

That is why I suggested the Church of Ireland needs to run things.

6 April 2010 at 10:26  

CofI *is* Anglican! And I'm not sure the Archdruid has the stones for 'payback' - too woolly! He should never have apologised, he was telling the truth.

6 April 2010 at 10:41  

Part of the Anglican Communion, but independent of Canterbury.

6 April 2010 at 11:16  

Williams is theologically closer to Benedict XVI than to either the Evangelical or much of the liberal wing of his own Communion.

The only alternative to Rome in the Irish Republic, or on the "Green" side in Northern Ireland, is not the Church of Ireland, which they would never join in a million years, but the militant secularism that is in fact behind much of the current campaign against the Church and the Pope. The C of I has in any case roundly denounced Williams for his remarks, and told him to mind his own business.

The Ordinariate, not really aimed at England anyway, has been designed for, and very largely by, people who have never felt the slightest meaningful "loyalty to Canterbury", and some of whom have not been members of the Anglican Communion since the Forties, a good number since the Seventies.

6 April 2010 at 16:22  

For me secularism is the ideal, but let's not get too carried away here. If people believe in the supernatural then they are not going to go from rosary rattling to atheism. The Irish Church sounds like a better deal, closer to what they are used to than the Calvinist Church in Ulster.

6 April 2010 at 17:38  

What you're saying would only be said by an outsider, unbeliever, or the most superficial of Catholics. I think David is right that if one became disillusioned with the Roman Communion, one would most likely jack the whole thing in rather than swap it for a watered down version of the same thing.

6 April 2010 at 18:53  

Well, I hope that is what happens and people wake up to the reality that the supernatural is all a bit silly. That said, when it comes to taigs their credulity knows no bounds so it might be better to try for the slightly more rational version of their superstition first.

6 April 2010 at 20:26  

*More* rational? Rational*ized*, more like, to the point that there's barely any point worshipping in the Anglican Communion.

6 April 2010 at 22:26  

You have obviously never had an eye full of Unitarianism, Ronan.

7 April 2010 at 11:03  

Christianity without Christ?

8 April 2010 at 02:11  

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