The mutual life of the Anglican Communion is “quite strong and perhaps getting stronger” according to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams. In an interview with THE HINDU newspaper, Dr Williams indicated that the state of the Communion was not as black as some have painted it. He called it “a very mixed picture.”

“I think that after the Lambeth Conference of 2008 many people felt that we found ways of talking to one another, and perhaps exercising some restraint and tact towards one another,” he said, "and it was very significant that at the next meeting of the Anglican primates, which was in the early part of 2009, all major Churches of the Communion were represented.

“Unfortunately, the situation does not remain there. The decision of the American Church to go forward, as it has, with the ordination of a lesbian bishop has, I think, set us back. At the moment I'm not certain how we will approach the next primates' meeting, but regrettably some of the progress that I believe we had made has not remained steady.

“Alongside that, and I think this is important, while the institutions of the Communion struggle, in many ways the mutual life of the Communion, the life of exchange and co-operation between different parts of our Anglican family, is quite strong and perhaps getting stronger. It's a paradox.

“We are working more closely together on issues of development than we did before. We have the emergence of an Anglican health network across the globe, bringing together various health care institutions. We have also had quite a successful programme on the standards and criteria for theological education across the Communion. So, a very mixed picture.”

In the interview, given in the last days of his two-week visit to India, the Archbishop also addresses questions on relations with the Catholic church, Anglican-Hindu dialogue and the 'war on terror'.



  1. He really is out there somewhere in La-la Land, isn’t he? Does he really believe that our “Anglican family, is quite strong and perhaps getting stronger.”? Someone needs to call Guinness. He has a record case of either Wishful Thinking or Denial.

  2. Exactly, all this nonsense mumbojumbo lack of reality, and taking responsibility, seems to make me more alerted to the shallowness of Rowan Williams and his pal at York…of course when one considers the real mindset of some of the Global South one realizes they are observing bigots and thieves at Church. Kinda has a tendency to wipe the dew of the lily with a flamethrower.

  3. Jonathan, you were amongst the first in the Church of England to take up the cause. Others have climbed aboard, but too few and too late to save the Church, which has sunk into the Slough of Despond.

    This miry Slough is such a place as cannot be mended; it is the descent whither the scum and filth that attends conviction for sin doth continually run, and therefore is it called the Slough of Despond: for still as the sinner is awakened about his lost condition, there ariseth in his soul many fears, and doubts, and discouraging apprehensions, which all of them get together, and settle in this place; and this is the reason of the badness of this ground.

    Hypocrisy and deceit is the order of the day. And if the words in bold don’t describe Rowan….

    And look at the fuss over women bishops! Over 30 years after the ordination of the first women priests, the battle is still on.

    That’s not to say that the rest of churches are without sin, including the sins of hypocrisy and deceit.

    The whole of the world of the Anglican Communion now turns on the ordination of a gay bishop and a lesbian bishop in the Episcopal Church in the US. How has it come to this? What about the Gospel?

    Still, it’s because of the words of Jesus in the Gospel, in which we place our trust, that you/we are not left without hope. Jesus and his followers raised the dead.

  4. To amend my statement above, I know that good people in the Church of England, lay folks, priests, and even bishops, go about their days doing the good work of the Gospel, but they do so in spite of the example given by the top leadership in the Church.

  5. Grandmere Mimi, I could not have said it better. Thank you. After all this time, it’s still ALL our fault. Rubbish. Rubbish rubbish rubbish. Rubbish.

  6. I haven’t ruled out it all being your fault, Lois. And I’m certain that Mimi will be behind it somewhere. Whenever there is trouble she normally that woman is always lurking nearby.

  7. Ah, well see perhaps Rowan is right, MadPriest, that cooperation is getting stronger, because I am happy to consider it is all Lois’s fault too, and you did warn me about Mimi yonks ago.

  8. “The decision of the American Church to go forward, as it has, with the ordination of a lesbian bishop…

    “Go forward” Is that some sort of Freudian slip? I mean perhaps he knows in his heart of hearts that it is going forward.

    “…Anglican health network across the globe…”

    Health? That’s rich! Does he know what health is?

  9. O. k. will someone please tell me which parts of the church are getting stronger? It seems to me that an organization that singles out a particular group of people and highlights them and marks them for death because of who they are and declares some children as “witches” and proudly marks them for death, and other atrocities – is no longer part of the Christian Church. They may claim to be Christian, but clearly they have left the fold in pursuit of power and money (but mostly the sweet and enervating feeling of power.)
    So the sick pretenders to Christian faith are the strongly growing part of the Faith according to Rowan? Give me a break!