"I think everybody who comes into the office sooner or later does find this is the heart of it: can you hold people together in relationship? It's the job of every bishop. It's the job of an Archbishop of Canterbury in a special way – and there's continuity there. Holding together diversity, not in order to have an easy life or a quiet life, but because of this conviction that we need each other. And when somebody walks away from the table, everyone is the poorer." (Grand Tufti - THE HINDU - 20th. October 2010)

COMMENT: Actually, Archbishop, I think you will find that recently, in stead of people walking away from the table, there has been rather a lot of people finding that their chairs at the table have been removed. Holding together diversity is, of course, a lot easier if you demonise the diverse and eject their friends.

Altogether now . . .

Oh, Rowan, Rowan, Rowan.
Oh, Rowan, Rowan, Rowan.
Oh, Rowan, Rowan, Rowan.
Knees bent, arms stretched,


QUOTE OF THE DAY — 4 Comments

  1. Hold people together?

    I seem to recall that the Lord required us, and particularly bishops, even archbishops, to do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God, as it says in the King James version of the Bible.

    Perhaps Abp. Williams has been spending too much time with Douay-Rheims, which requires one “to do judgment, and to love mercy, and to walk solicitous with thy God.” Pronouncing judgment instead of doing justice, and pursuing solicitousness instead of humility, are by their nature unmerciful.