Anglican Samizdat

July 7, 2009

George Pitcher doesn’t much like the FCA

Filed under: Anglican Angst — David Jenkins @ 7:15 pm

Or Chris Sugden:

I hear that Canon Chris Sugden may have somewhat spoilt his chances of a knighthood. The secretary to the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans, which is this week busy fanning the embers of Anglican schism, went on Roger Boulton’s BBC Sunday programme and was asked whether it was true that The Queen had written to Canon Sugden and his traditionalist pals to say that “she understood their concerns”. Canon Sugden replied that this was “correct”.

“Sources close to the Palace”, as they say, have coughed lightly and raised an eyebrow to one another. That’s a courtier’s equivalent of being incandescent with rage.

And, I gather, Canon Sugden and his friends will be waiting a very long time indeed for another letter with a royal seal. They should better give up any ideas of bishoprics in the Church of England too – as Foca enthusiast Dr Michael Nazir-Ali wisely already has done in Rochester.

What is interesting about this is not so much whether Chris Sugden has made a faux pas or not, but the maniacal glee that Pitcher displays at discovering it. The extravagant gloating over the disclosure of a fellow priest’s peccadillo is, no doubt, a manifestation of the tolerance that Pitcher has for those with whom he disagrees.


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