SUCK IT UP, GRAND TUFTI!

If there is one thing that Ann Fontaine is really good at, it's telling people off. Even so, she has surpassed herself in her recent open letter to Rowan Williams which has been deservedly posted all over the Neighbourhood. Just in case there is anyone out there who hasn't come across it yet, here it is in full:

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Dear Rowan:

A piece of advice from someone who has lost battles in church. Stop being a whiner or that will be your legacy -- grumpy old has-been. Accept the fact that it was neither the "radical liberals" nor the "hard line conservatives" who sank your dream. It was doomed from the beginning - not punitive enough for those who read the Bible selectively and not enough space for the Spirit to lead us into things we could not bear before (John 16:12).

Those who voted against the Covenant were not rejecting you, it was not all about you. Regular faithful church members voted against it once they read it and began to think about the ramifications of the entire document. The ACO and your arguments boiled down to "trust us" we know what we are doing and you don't, or we need it to save the communion, or it won't really change things. These are not facts but coercion.

It was not based in Anglican theology - a balance of scripture, tradition and reason. The last section had no mechanism for enforcement except a very fuzzy set of ideas centered around a small group of people. Anyone could grind any other province to a halt just by raising a complaint. The complaints were not limited in scope. They could come from any place on the spectrum of Anglican practice.

Think about it - detach your ego from Covenant. Read what people are saying now that it is no longer on the table. Perhaps you will understand why we worked to get the facts out in public - not just have people vote because someone tells them to vote a certain way with "trust me."

Yours truly,
Ann
The Rev. Ann Fontaine
a vicar of small church on the Oregon Coast.

Originally posted (I think) at COMPREHENSIVE UNITY.

Comments

SUCK IT UP, GRAND TUFTI! — 13 Comments

  1. Glad you picked it up: it is a good letter.

    By the bye, there are a number of things Rev. Ann is very good at. 😉

    FWIW
    jimB

  2. I’m sure it will have absolutely no effect whatsoever except give her, and her church, further delusions of relevance.

  3. Oh no, the “delusions of relevance” troll! We are so terrified. And it is so lucky, because MP posts his perseverative tripe and I read the first three words and blow his comments off.

    What makes people like perseverative troll driven to make comments like this? What do they hope will happen? The same as what the Tufti hoped? Bow down and obey?

    I obey the Lord God, and God alone will I obey.

  4. This morning I am very sensitive to the word “troll”. That is because last night on Netflix I watched a Norwegian film called “Trollhunter”. You see, this man claimed to be employed by his government to hunt trolls and keep them out of the public eye so that people would continue to think that trolls were not real. The trolls he found were huge and had very big noses. They were attracted by the blood of Christian men and were wounded by bright light. It was a very straight faced spoof, well done.
    Gee, MP, maybe that’s why u attract so many trolls, they r after your blood? Shine, brother, shine your brightest! :>)
    nij

  5. This morning I am very sensitive to the word “troll”. That is because last night on Netflix I watched a Norwegian film called “Trollhunter”. You see, this man claimed to be employed by his government to hunt trolls and keep them out of the public eye so that people would continue to think that trolls were not real. The trolls he found were huge and had very big noses. They were attracted by the blood of Christian men and were wounded by bright light. It was a very straight faced spoof, well done.
    Gee, MP, maybe that’s why u attract so many trolls, they r after your blood? Shine, brother, shine your brightest! :>)
    nij

  6. There is a certain charm to the anonymous posts. I think it is their realization that what they are typing is so stupid it will draw a negative response combined with their cowardice refusing to stand for what they type.

    FWIW
    jimB