Friday, March 16, 2012
Archbishop of Canterbury Exiting Stage Right...
This just seen on the Anglican Cyber Ordinariate site on Facebook: Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, is accepting a post at Magdalene College, Cambridge. You can read the announcement from the Anglican Communion office HERE.
I suspect his decision to return to academia might be due in large part because of the growing discontent over the Anglican Covenant. There are more dioceses that will be voting this weekend in England and thus far, the results have been two-to-one against it.
And I find it an odd turn of events that his departure from the post of see of Canterbury will coincide with the end of Bishop Gene Robinson's tenure as the Bishop of New Hampshire. God does work in the most mysterious ways. Perhaps ++Rowan will see fit to invite the retired Robinson to do a talk in Cambridge. Not likely, but wouldn't it be nice to think so.
I imagine now there will be a mad scramble in England for who will be the successor. I hope whoever it is will be one who will have the courage and the ability to lead a Communion that really is made up of many diverse parts that have, and will always, squabble over things temporal. The challenge is to remind all that while we have our differences, the common denominator is the eternal. Never lose sight of that.