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The return of the real Rowan?

The return of the real Rowan?

Commentators on Facebook are talking about the surprising sermon that the Archbishop of Canterbury preached this morning. They’re wondering if this is the return of the Rowan that they remember reading before his appointment as the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The Guardian highlights the fact that the Archbishop didn’t restrict his remarks to the occasion. He took on some of the powerful people in the good seats upfront too.

“The service at St Paul’s was about celebrating the Monarch’s 60 years on the throne and head of the Church of England.

However, Dr Williams brought up financial greed in the City as he addressed the Royal family and political leaders past and present.

He said: ‘Moralists, including Archbishops, can thunder away as much as they like; but they’ll make no difference unless and until people see that there is something transforming and exhilarating about the prospect of a whole community rejoicing together – being glad of each other’s happiness and safety.

‘This alone is what will save us from the traps of ludicrous financial greed, of environmental recklessness, of collective fear of strangers and collective contempt for the unsuccessful and marginal – and many more things that we see far too much of, around us and within us.'”

More from the Guardian here.

The Archbishop’s website has posted the full text of the sermon.


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BrotherTom Hudson

From the looks of the ABC at the Queen’s rock concert on TV Tuesday evening, he certainly seems to be beginning to relax and enjoy life a bit. Or maybe he just likes Elton John and Paul McCartney!


From the BBC coverage, it looked as though most people in St Paul’s were paying close attention to the sermon. It was broadcast live to the nation.

The Daily Mail certainly read it critically which is a good sign:

Perhaps Simon Sarmiento will give us a reading of responses and comments.

Dona Stewart

Simply, I like what he said. Focus on the ideals, and pureness of the Church, rather than the materialism, and mentality, of the world.

J Michael Povey
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