This is all you need to know.
In an interview with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams tries to walk the middle of the road and gets run over by a bus.
It is Dr Williams’ comments on gay clergy and bishops which have drawn instant attention from reporters and commentators, however.
He declared: “There’s no problem about a gay person who’s a bishop… It’s about the fact that there are traditionally, historically, standards that the clergy are expected to observe. So there’s always a question about the personal life of the clergy.”
Asked what is wrong with a gay bishop having a partner, the Archbishop replies: “I think because the scriptural and traditional approach to this doesn’t give much ground for being positive about it. The Church at the moment doesn’t quite know what to make of it…”
So he admits that the Church scripturally, historically, and traditionally does not support homosexuality and/or homosexual bishops, but he doesn’t have a problem with it.
Ummm, Dr. Williams, what exactly is the role of a bishop if not to uphold what the Church teaches scripturally, historically, and traditionally?
That said, Williams manages to satisfy no one with his middle of the road answer. To traditional Christians, he freely admits that he has abdicated his role as steward of what the church teaches. To homosexual advocates, he has admitted that he does not have the courage of his own personal convictions (if you can call them that?).
As Mr. Miyagi wisely said “Walk on road, hm? Walk left side, safe. Walk right side, safe. Walk middle, sooner or later [squish]”
Rowan Williams just went ‘squish.’