I just read the Episcopal Cafe’s story on Archbishop Welby breaking his silence on the decision not to invite same-sex spouses to Lambeth 2020. Wow, he should have remained silent. Out-of-touch, hypocritical, bordering on duplicitous.
Doesn’t he have people to run things by before-hand? A trusted friend or colleague to say, “Archbishop, you’re already in a ditch, stop digging,” or “You don’t have any feet left to shoot”? Or, better yet, a spiritual friend who might say, “When you’ve made a mistake, it’s best to be honest about it, ask for forgiveness, make amends, move forward in the power of God’s redemptive and reconciling love.”
I can’t help but think of a certain similarity between Archbishop Welby and Prime Minister May. Both got their positions because they were perceived to be competent leaders. And both, despite their competency, are proving to be spectacularly ineffective if not unfit for the challenges facing their respective communities.
In light of the Brexit debacle, what the UK needs is not a competent politician, such as is Mrs. May, but a talented leader who can rise above party and articulate a vision for the UK that will bring people together. In the Anglican Communion, we need an Archbishop of Canterbury who can inspire us with a gospel-shaped vision of who and what we are called to be in and for the world today, rather than a church bureaucrat who manages to stage a conference.