Saturday, 28 March 2009

Episcopi Vagantes?

So Bishop Nazir-Ali is to sort of go it alone, in the Middle East, doing a job of reconciling Muslims and Christians where Christians are under some pressure. Sounds like a useful job.

Except, of course, it gives him the freedom to do as he wishes regarding GAFCON and the like, to ordain (let's see who with) and to organise. That's why he is going very early. He wants a role that he can never have within the Church of England - no more in the way of promotion, but also nothing much else to say other than his mantra of lack of Christian freedoms in Muslim areas or within contemporary British culture that advances social equality.

Yes, he will do more and be prominent elsewhere. A lot will be behind the scenes, but a great deal will not be. Bob will be the Archbishop of the Anglican Church of North America, and Michael will be free to gather and organise, unless he becomes the Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Europe.

5 comments:

Fred Schwartz said...

I believe in the power of prayer and I pray this does not happen!

Jay said...

I agree Fred. I hope peace could be made between the divergent views.

Greg said...

While I sincerely would wish Rochester well in doing what he proposes, it is hard to ignore the wider context of his actions. Given the alleged scale of his past ambitions, should he comes back to us as some sort of Gafconite Archbishop then it would hardly be a surprise: vain, human and pathetic, but not suprising. Let's hope there is more to him than that.

Doorman-Priest said...

We'll miss you, but not a lot.

Fred Preuss said...

How about separation of church and state because nobody really gives a tinker's?
You might as well start ordaining boiled turnips for all the interest people have in religion.