Anglican Samizdat

December 7, 2009

Rowan Williams: betrayal!

Filed under: Anglican,homosexuality — David Jenkins @ 6:41 pm
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Rowan’s meandering ambivalence:

A close friend of the Archbishop of Canterbury who was tutored by him at theological college said he felt betrayed by Dr Rowan Williams’ new-found opposition to gays and lesbians in the ordained ministry of the Anglican Communion.

The Rev Colin Coward, 64, who lives with a gay man and who preaches regularly at his local church in the Salisbury diocese, said that Dr Williams was aware of his sexuality and never once challenged it.

He said that about a quarter of the 50-plus students at his Cambridge theological college were gay and this was accepted by the Church of that era. Dr Williams was a tutor at Westcott House, a liberal college, from 1977 to 1980.

For some mysterious reason, the Anglican Church attracts a disproportionate number of homosexuals into its leadership ranks. Once they arrive, understandably, they can’t see why their presence is resisted; even though I disagree with the promoting of practising homosexual leadership in the church, I have some sympathy with them because Anglican liberals have “included”, “tolerated” and befriended homosexuals into an illusory sense of leadership entitlement.



  1. You really ought to be saying “practicing” or “non celibate”. There is no reason why a same sex attracted person shouldn’t be able to hold a leadership position in the church, providing that he or she is leading the kind of life a leader should be.

    Comment by Kate — December 7, 2009 @ 8:50 pm

  2. Quite right – I’ve added that.

    Comment by David — December 7, 2009 @ 10:46 pm

  3. Kate,
    Good point.
    One of the divides between GLT and ANiC is that we believe in celibacy outside of marriage: we expect that one’s sexuality is self-controlled.
    Many same sex proponents seem to believe that there are no barriers to the practice of their sexuality.

    Comment by Jim Muirhead — December 10, 2009 @ 12:35 pm

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