Rowan Williams opens Pandora’s Box

The story continues now with the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey, comments that Rowan Williams”conclusion that Britain will eventually have to concede some place in law for aspects of Sharia is a view I cannot share. There can be no exceptions to the laws of our land which have been so painfully honed by the struggle for democracy and human rights. His acceptance of some Muslim laws within British law would be disastrous for the nation.”

The AP has put up a video excerpt of Rowan Williams lecture so we can for ourselves what he said before he talked to the media:

With people booing the Archbishop of Canterbury and flurry of global opinion about his unfortunate remarks on sharia law, what this does is open up the conflict growing in the Anglican Communion even wider. The struggle in the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion is – at its heart – a struggle over the very identity of the Church and her mission in the world. Rowan Williams, intentionally or unintentionally, has opened up Pandora’s Box.

The London Times here.
The New Republic
here.
The BBC here.
The Spectator here.
The New Criterion
here.
Atlantic Monthly here.
Welsh Media here.
Sunday Times here.
Sunday Herald here.
The Independent here.
Bloomberg here.
The Guardian has put up an interesting profile here.
Religion News Blog commentary and links here.
Greg at SF has a very good roundup of links here.
More from The Telegraph here.

I continue to question the competence of Rowan William’s staff. It may be in fact likely that he has little or no authority over the hiring and firing of his staff. His own judgment is mystifying.

It does seem that he was hired for similar reason that Katharine Jefferts Schori was hired for her role. They both both exude this sort of “all is well” persona, one the feministic ideal the other the paternalistic ideal. Think about it.