Monday, November 23, 2009

Rowan Williams: Pope hurt me ego! Boo Hoo!

Pope’s bid to win over Anglicans bruised my ego, says Archbishop

The Archbishop of Canterbury has admitted that the Pope’s offer for disaffected Anglicans to convert to Rome left him with a “sore ego” and put him in an “awkward position”. [You put yourself into it!  And you had it coming!]

Dr Williams told the BBC Radio 4 Sunday programme, that the meeting with the Pope “went as well as I could have hoped”, and that dialogue under the Council for Christian Unity would continue as usual. This week, leaders of the Churches will discuss the third phase of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission. Dr Williams said that the Pope was extremely enthusiastic about the next stage in ecumenical dialogue”. [You think?]

Dr Williams denied that the Anglican Ordinariates were a departure from ecumenism. “It’s a pastoral measure for certain people, certain groups; it is not a new ecumenism.” [Now he sounded like he a PR guy.]

The Holy See described the meeting as cordial. The Pope gave the Archbishop a pectoral Cross, an indication that he recognises his episcopacy — in spite of a 19th-century papal bull under which Anglican orders are deemed “absolutely null and utterly void”. [Hmmm.  Not a good move from the pope if you ask me.  BUT!  Cardinal Ratzinger affirmed Leo XIII's Apostolicae Curae.  Read here.]

Before the meeting, Dr Williams told the Financial Times that he had been left with a sore ego [drama queen.] by the manner of the announcement. “I did have very short notice. I think that was a pity. It would have been good to discuss it a bit more. But I don’t think it’s a deadly blow, by any means.[PR guy!] There are people who we knew were very likely to become Roman Catholics if the Church moved ahead with ordaining women as bishops here.” [And a lot more likely who will if same sex marriage and gay ordinations push through!  But is it only a matter of numbers?  Is that how you govern your Communion?  Oh yeah.  No wonder Dr. Williams is hurt.  He lost a large chunk!]

But after meeting the Pope at the Vatican this weekend, Dr Rowan Williams insisted that relations between the Roman Catholic and Anglican Churches were back on track.

Dr Williams told the Pope of his embarrassment at the way the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith announced an Apostolic Constitution to set up Anglican Ordinariates for those who refuse to accept women priests and bishops. He had had only a few days’ notice, and made a late-night telephone call to the cardinal who heads the Council for Christian Unity, to find out what was going on.

Speaking to Vatican Radio yesterday, Dr Williams said: “Clearly many Anglicans, myself included, felt that it put us in an awkward position for a time – not the content [of the constitution] so much as some of the messages that were given out. I needed to share with the Pope some of those concerns. I think those were expressed and heard in a very friendly spirit.”


I can imagine what they must be talking about.

Pope Benedict:  Your orders are null and void.
Mr. Williams: You hurt my feelings!
Pope Benedict:  A large number of Anglicans are converting!
Mr. Williams:  You hurt my feelings!

Yeah we can see that.

Oops wrong, Rowan.

Oops wrong photo.

Ok, there it is.  Got it.

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