Friday, March 16, 2012

The "Turbulent Priest" To Leave Office

The 104th Archbishop of Canterbury and leader of the Anglican Church, Rowan Williams, has announced that he will step down from the post in December. Williams has held the post of Archbishop of Canterbury for almost a decade. Whatever else he was in office, Williams was clearly one of a deeply misguided breed - a left wing Christian. He did nothing to protect and defend the Church, let alone further its interests. In my last post about him, I wrote:

Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Cantebury, [is doing] to Christianity what Labour is doing to Britain. He is the man who prior to this day had praised Islam, damned America as an imperialist nation to a crowd of Muslims, blamed America for Muslim violence against Christians in the Middle East, refused to proselytize for Christianity among Muslims, and advocated implementing at least parts of Sharia law in Britain. The Archbishop's latest assault on the Christian faith has come in an apologia to Muslims for the violent history of Christianity and what seems an apology for one of the fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith - the Trinity. This from the Daily Mail:

Christian doctrine is offensive to Muslims, the Archbishop of Canterbury said yesterday.  Dr Rowan Williams also criticised Christianity's history for its violence, its use of harsh punishments and its betrayal of its peaceful principles.  His comments came in a highly conciliatory letter to Islamic leaders calling for an alliance between the two faiths for 'the common good'.

But it risked fresh controversy for the Archbishop in the wake of his pronouncement earlier this year that a place should be found for Islamic sharia law in the British legal system.

. . . The Archbishop's letter is a reply to feelers to Christians put out by Islamic leaders from 43 countries last autumn.  In it, Dr Williams said violence is incompatible with the beliefs of either faith and that, once that principle is accepted, both can work together against poverty and prejudice and to help the environment.  He also said the Christian belief in the Trinity - that God is Father, Son and Holy Ghost at the same time - 'is difficult, sometimes offensive, to Muslims'.  Trinitarian doctrine conflicts with the Islamic view that there is just one all-powerful God. . . .

Read the entire article.

Rowan Williams has been a disgrace to his position and a disaster for Christianity in Britain. In addition to his unforgivable sins above, he has been fully in step with the secular left of Labour - a group virtually dedicated to removing Christianity and Christian influence from the public square in Britain. This deeply misguided man will not be missed when he steps down from office in December, 2012.


KG said...

The sooner he goes and sinks into well-deserved obscurity, the better. The man is a leftist academic in priest's garb.
Sentamu, his probable successor, is a different matter altogether--a Christian with principles and courage.

GW said...

I've heard similar comments about Sentamu. Let's hope he is the one.

billm99uk said...

Goodbye and thanks for all the fish, I guess.

Mind you, its been a very long time since the Church of England was described as "The Tory party at Prayer"...

GW said...

Heh. Now is that a religious reference or is it, as I recall, the opening line of the Dolphin song from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy?

Men of the cloth who embrace the left are suicidal. The left has been nothing if not open about wanting to supplant Christianity as the moral underpinning for society and law since literally day one of the French Revolution.

Two, it is idiotic because left wing economics don't work. Far too many men of the cloth embrace the left because they see it as a cure for poverty and the ills of society when, if they had a brain filled with an ounce of economic and historic knowledge, they would realize that capitalism - real free market capitalism, not crony capitalism - is the only answer, coupled with the proviso that "to whom much is given, much is expected." That was biblical and referred to charity, not taxes. The men of the cloth need to be the one's doing all of the charity work - not government.