Archbishop Williams: Church of England is wilfully blind and losing credibility

By Reuters Staff
November 21, 2012

(The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, speaks during a meeting of the General Synod of the Church of England, at Church House in central London November 21, 2012. REUTERS/Yui Mok/Pool )

The Archbishop of Canterbury accused his Church of England of being willfully blind to the attitudes of modern British society on Wednesday after it voted ‘no’ to women bishops, a triumph for its traditionalist minority.

After more than 10 years of divisive debate, the General Synod, the Church legislature, failed to pass the measure on Tuesday evening by just six votes despite the fact that 42 of the Church’s 44 dioceses had earlier approved it.

Women have served as priests in the Church for over 20 years, but Tuesday’s vote effectively denied them access to the upper echelons of the hierarchy for several more years to come.

This is at odds with the much of British society, where gender equality is seen as a given right. Newspaper commentaries on Wednesday portrayed the Church as seriously out of step and in danger of becoming irrelevant.

“It seems as if we are willfully blind to some of the trends and priorities of … wider society,” Archbishop Rowan Williams said in a speech to the Synod still meeting after the vote.

“We have some explaining to do. We have as a result of yesterday undoubtedly lost a measure of credibility in our society.”

Read the full story by Alessandra Prentice here.
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Rather than focussing on such non issues, the
Church should look at the declining Church attendance and lack of faith among the British people. It has moved away from the Bible, wake up!

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