Ruth Gledhill reports on a new book about the former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams:
The former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, has admitted he has “no problem” with legal parity for same-sex couples. But he feels the State rushed into “redefining” marriage without giving the Church enough time to think about it. The revelations come in the latest edition of his biography, Rowan’s Rule, by Rupert Shortt, which is published next month.
On the battles in the worldwide Anglican Communion over sexuality, Shortt writes: “The associated emotional toll he suffered is not easily overstated. Eight years previously [in 2005] he had slumped against a doorway during a bishops’ meeting and said to a colleague, ‘I can’t tell you how much I hate this job.’
“At around the same time, a leading churchman found himself in a taxi with Jane Williams on their way to a speaking engagement. ‘Can I check that Rowan knows he’s the only person who can be Archbishop of Canterbury right now?’ he asked. ‘I know,’ Jane replied. ‘But that doesn’t make it any easier.'”