Sunday, 31 January 2010
Anglican-watchers will find this story, broken by Damien Thompson in the UK's Daily Telegraph, extremely interesting. As Thompson reports it, it seems that the Queen is not only dimayed by the Church of England's drift in the direction of approving homosexual unions and consecrating women bishops (she has said as much in a letter of support to Anglican conservatives), but also perhaps lacks some confidence in the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams (sometimes called the Arch-ditherer of Canterbury). Why else would Her Majesty break with protocol andsubvert the prerogatives of the Archbishop's office by using the Lord Chamberlain as her intermediary with the Roman Catholic primate in England in the matter of the Pope's plan to permit en masse Anglican conversions?
Not that the Queen is likely to be interested in the Pope's plan personally. Rather, her concern stems from her coronation oath to protect and maintain the (Reformed) Church of England.
Click on the post title to read Thompson's report.
The Queen will meet with Benedict XVI in September, no prizes for guessing what will be at the head of the discussion agenda.