Archbishop to hold 'secret' meeting with gays
A spokesman for Archbishop Williams played down the significance of his meeting with gay priests and others: ‘It should come as no surprise that the Archbishop is meeting pastorally with clergy and others affected by the current debates in the Church. Such encounters extend right across the range of opinions within the Church.’
These are testing times indeed for the 77-million-strong Anglican Communion, which is deeply divided over the role of gay men and lesbians in the Church. There is intense pressure to hold the Communion together, but many African bishops are preferring schism. With the Archbishops present tour of the United States, schism appears to be unavoidable, but so what? The worldwide Communion is a little like a relic of Empire, and it is fatuous to believe that one man in Canterbury has responsibility for sustaining the unity of autonomous constituents. Indeed, as he has concluded, the only means of achieving this is to become more pope-like in his expression of ecclesial authority and his assertions of theological primacy.
And then it is simply a matter of discerning the lesser evil...