the Anglican communion: catching up with reality
Posted : Sep 18th 2015 9:51pm by The Oslo Times
News Serial Number : TOT12
Vanity is what gets all prelates in the end and, for archbishops of Canterbury, the name of that vanity is “Anglicanism”. Who would not rather be a world spiritual leader than the figurehead of an established religion that has lost its grip on the imagination of a shrinking second-rate power? In particular, the temptation to believe, as headline writers do, in a worldwide organisation called “the Anglican Church”, with 50 million (or was it 80 million?) followers, has been too strong for archbishops of Canterbury to resist. The effect has always been comic but sometimes it has been malign as well. In particular, it has encouraged some shameful grovelling in front of bullying homophobes. Less obviously, it also inflated the self-importance of liberals, who were able to believe not just that they were doing the right thing, as they were, but that the eyes of an admiring world were upon them as they did so. The effect on the reactionaries was almost wholly malign, as it fed fantasies of a reverse colonialism, in which they would take over with their pure gospel from the corrupted churches of the liberal north.
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