Reinhold Niebuhr called upon preachers to “afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted.” In Africa, Rowan Williams speaks to African Anglican bishops, but has missed another opportunity to live out this aphorism.
Rowan Williams speaks to African Anglican bishops and Andrew Brown comments “not exactly truth to power”:
The tank parked on Rowan’s foot
Rowan Williams speaks to the African Anglican bishops: not exactly truth to power
Andrew Brown in The Guardian
The Archbishop of Canterbury’s presence in Kampala is an occasion for diplomacy. His host, Archbishop Henry Orombi of Uganda, has gone further than almost any other senior Anglican in formally denouncing him as a heretic. The Ugandan church is deeply implicated in a bill that would introduce the death penalty for homosexuals. Homophobia is here a recognised tool in church intrigues: Pastor Robert Kayanja, one of the most successful prosperity gospel preachers in Kampala was last year accused of being gay by rivals who kidnapped and may have tortured one of his assistants to prove this.
And TruthWinsOut.org has this response to Williams’ talk in Africa:
“If Moses has the courage to put his life at risk to speak out against intolerance and injustice, the least Rowan Williams can do is acknowledge the inhumanity of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill while he is at this conference,” said Truth Wins Out’s Executive Director Wayne Besen. “His indifference to suffering of LGBT people in Africa and worldwide is a great stain on his legacy. Only by finding his voice on this issue can Williams reverse the damage that has occurred on his watch.”
MadPriest calls Williams’ unwillingess to speak out “Rowan Williams – Another Opportunity Wasted”