Sunday, August 02, 2009

Some wise words regarding the current Archbishop of Cantebury

"...the day before yesterday Rowan William published his latest missive on his church. It underlined the tragedy of the man once more for me.

Whenever he affirms the church's non-sanctioning of gay relationships, it's worth recalling what he previously wrote in The Body's Grace. Then he made the argument that the pivotal issue in any decent moral theology of sex is that of birth control, since once you allow that, as the Anglican communion long has, you acknowledge that sex has a good purpose independent of procreation. It's called love. From this it follows that:

'the absolute condemnation of same-sex relations of intimacy must rely either on an abstract fundamentalist deployment of a number of very ambiguous texts, or on a problematic and non-scriptural theory about natural complementarity, applied narrowly and crudely to physical differentiation without regard to psychological structures.'

This fundamentalism, problematic, non-scriptural, narrow and crude path is the one he appears committed to supporting in his church. Or putting it another way, he's sacrificing what he must privately feel to be the path to greater truth on the altar of mere institutional expediency.

Williams is an astonishing intellect and spirit. And all of it must bow down in loyalty to all too human concerns. I lament the loss of the prophet."

I don't think I can say it better. I have pointed to RW for many years as a sign of hope, of intellectual ability and spiritual grace in the service of an institution that has been important to me , I shall do so no longer

1 comment:

motheramelia said...

Robert, it is very sad that this very intelligent man could back-track so on an issue he wrote so eloquently about. He has lost my admiration.