ROWAN WILLIAMS EXPLAINS HOW HE MANAGESTO IGNORE THE PAIN OF GAY ANGLICANS

From KENT NEWS:

Dr Rowan Williams said people had become fearful of the "nasty questioning moments" of life, and had become too willing to ignore the suffering of others. He used an analogy of a recent trip to India to help illustrate his point, describing how he became desensitised to beggars in the street.

He said: "The first couple of days I was there I was deeply upset by the numbers of beggars in the street. After about two weeks I realised I had stopped noticing. ‘Oh,’ I thought. ‘Another beggar. I realised with some shock how very easy it is to stop seeing other people’s needs and other people’s poverty and other people’s suffering, just because it’s so easy.

"It’s the default setting."

COMMENT: Well, it certainly appears to be.

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ROWAN WILLIAMS EXPLAINS HOW HE MANAGESTO IGNORE THE PAIN OF GAY ANGLICANS — 10 Comments

  1. “The first couple of days I was reading about the ABC, I was deeply upset by his words. After about two weeks I realised I had stopped listening. ‘Oh,’ I thought. ‘Another ABC pronouncement. I realised with some joy how very easy it is to stop hearing him, just because it’s so easy.

    “It’s the default setting.”

    Someone call a cardiologist, a neurologist and Scotland Yard – the Archbishop’s Heart and Brain are missing!

  2. It’s true though, isn’t it?
    Or does anyone really see everyone’s suffering with the same fresh eyes every day?
    I confess, I don’t.

  3. Of course, it’s true. But since the Jeffrey John affair, Williams can’t say anything on a moral issue without appearing to be a hypocrite. And what is the point of having a spokesperson for the Church if his pronouncements are going to get on the nerves of so many people, because of the way he has treated them, that those people are more likely to do the opposite of what he suggests just to spite him?

  4. It is true. We all are guilty of what he calls the ‘default mode’ from time to time. I think his problem is that he is incapable of seeing how that “default mode” and the justification of it appears visible to many of us when we see him talking, writing or acting against the rights of lesbian and gay people.

    Do I to my shame, fail to see those whose condition is worse than mine. Sure. And Dr. Williams is correct in that this is a universal or at least nearly universal problem. Were it not so we would all be Mother Theresa. For me, facing imminent homelessness it is disturbingly easy to fail into a “woe is me” variant.

    But what exactly is the basis of Dr. Williams’ moral authority after he stiffed Fr. John, affirmed the killer of Nigeria, tried to stifle female clergy in England, denied PBp. Katherine’s status, opposed the recent human rights legislation in England and shunned Bp. Robinson? We do not all have to be Mother Theresa (thank God!) but an archbishop needs to at least try to see the victims of society.

    FWIW
    jimB

  5. How many active beggars in India?

    Millions?

    How many LGBT people in the World are begging for mercy?

    Millions!

    The ¨outcast¨ ministry is far bigger than he can take in.

    It´s easier to continue to play denial and pretend and call it default mode.

    Tea anyone?

  6. Barely noticing a beggar or forty outside your hotel foyer gives me much hope.

    Much hope that when the entirety of Canterbury is eventually (finally) transported to just-outside-Lagos, and a few eyes turn toward there for hope and direction, that at least The Elevated among us will not need suffer for others for long.

    Also, laundry is cheap in such places.

    Praise b2 Jesus /tambourine solo.