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The Archbishop of Canterbury’s resignation

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21 March 2012

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From Professor Bob Holman

Sir, — Thanks to Dr Rowan Williams for ten years’ service at the top. But I am disappointed that he is with­draw­ing to the privileged life of a Cambridge college. Far better if — like Jesus — he had opted to be along­side ordinary people in a poor neighbourhood.

BOB HOLMAN  

76 Balgonie Road

Glasgow G52 1HW

Sir, — Thanks to Dr Rowan Williams for ten years’ service at the top. But I am disappointed that he is with­draw­ing to the privileged life of a Cambridge college. Far better if — like Jesus — he had opted to be along­side ordinary people in a poor neighbourhood.

BOB HOLMAN  

76 Balgonie Road

Glasgow G52 1HW

From the Revd Lee Gatiss

From the Revd Lee Gatiss

Sir, — Next time, could we please have an Archbishop of Canterbury who believes, and articulates both privately and publicly, confessional Anglican faith and morals?

Sir, — Next time, could we please have an Archbishop of Canterbury who believes, and articulates both privately and publicly, confessional Anglican faith and morals?

These biblical standards are well expressed in our celebrated Articles and Prayer Book, and any Arch­bishop needs to be capable of pro­claiming them afresh. Ideally, it would be good to have one who values that precious good news above an institutional unity with those who preach what has recently been called a “shadow gospel”, which is nothing but the revisionist baptism of worldly trends and a travesty of historic Christianity.

In a confused and sceptical generation, we have surely had enough of those who think that God is like “a spastic child who can com­municate nothing but his presence and his inarticulate wanting” (Rowan Williams in Open to Judgement).

LEE GATIS

Director-Elect

Dean Wace House, 16 Rosslyn Road

Watford, Herts WD18 ONY

From Mr Neil Inkley

Sir, — As the Archbishop of Canterbury announced his retirement, the headlines in the national press declared that he had fallen prey to the sexual revolution.

That, surely, is to be simplistic. Such a revolution (if that is the right word) and others like it are generally secular things, and the Church may choose to join them, repudiate them, or stand aside.

What undermined Dr Rowan Williams was that pressure groups behind several of these secular campaigns secured a dominance of the General Synod. The Archbishop often had a via media but, thus dominated, the Synod would have none of it. Finally, it voted down archiepiscopal guidance.

How does that not shift the Church of England towards being a congregational (or presbyterian) institution? 

NEIL INKLEY

6 Knot Lane, Walton-le-Dale

Preston PR5 4BQ

From Mr Adrian Stott

From Mr Adrian Stott

Sir, — The appointment of the next Archbishop of Canterbury is a critic­al one. We need someone who can at least halve the central overhead costs (merge dioceses, halve the Synod, and reduce its activity), releasing money for parishes themselves to pay living wages and pensions for their front-line workers.

In other words, let us use the organisational model of the Early Church and current UK church groups such as the Baptist Union and New Frontiers.

ADRIAN STOTT

Burnt Oak House

East Bergholt CO7 6UN

From Mr Andrew McLuskey

From Mr Andrew McLuskey

Sir, — Surely, nothing has become the excellent Dr Rowan Williams as his recent leaving message. Departing from his usual rather oracular style, he has spoken with a positively crystal clarity. References to the "hide of a rhinoceros" and the "constitution of an ox" have the down-to-earth concrete resonance associated with the sayings of Jesus himself.

Admittedly late in the day, we seem to be seeing the emergence of an Archbishop who really can communicate in popular terms. I can't wait for the promised philippic on the Prime Minister.

ANDREW McLUSKEY

17 Diamedes Avenue, Stanwell

Staines TW19 7JE

Sir, — Surely, nothing has become the excellent Dr Rowan Williams as his recent leaving message. Departing from his usual rather oracular style, he has spoken with a positively crystal clarity. References to the "hide of a rhinoceros" and the "constitution of an ox" have the down-to-earth concrete resonance associated with the sayings of Jesus himself.

Admittedly late in the day, we seem to be seeing the emergence of an Archbishop who really can communicate in popular terms. I can't wait for the promised philippic on the Prime Minister.

ANDREW McLUSKEY

17 Diamedes Avenue, Stanwell

Staines TW19 7JE

 

 

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