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Letters to AO

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Letters from 28 August to 3 September 2006

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Better safe than sorry?

Apparently in this Diocese, clergy and others in leadership are now under the law and not Grace!

How else to understand that, under 'safe-ministry' regulations a male priest is not allowed to visit a female (parishioner) if she is alone. It isn't all that clear if a woman priest is allowed to visit a male (parishioner) if he is alone!

So much for the providing for "widows...and all that are desolate..." of the Litany.

Trevor G Cowell
Christ Church, Illawarra
Perth, Tasmania, AUSTRALIA
29 August 2006

A what zinger?

Can you help me bring light on what Rowan Williams, AB of C. said at some time about his attitude to gay marriage. At a brunch after church today it was claimed by one person that our local newspaper the "Times Colonist" claimed that Williams has gone on record as saying that gays should have to "convert" to being heterosexuals before they could be married.The article also said that Williams also said that when he was a professor at seminary his opinion that gays should be able to marry one another was only said "to promote discussion". Have you anything in your archives that could confirm or deny that he ever said these words in those contexts. Given the man's towering intelligence I find it hard to believe that he is as obfusticated as Ratzinger.

Derek Dunwoody
St. John the Divine Anglican
Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA
3 September 2006

(Ed: This story is certainly going around, and the hatemongers of the Anglican world are having fun circulating it. As best we can determine, this story began when the London Sunday Telegraph published this interpretation by Jonathan Wynne-Jones of this interview published in August by Nederlands Dagblad. You can read the interview for yourself, and read Mr Wynne-Jones' interpretation of it, and decide for yourself if that's what the archbishop said. It's too bad that doesn't include this sort of item. Thinking Anglicans references a blogger who disagrees with Wynne-Jones, but we can't figure out who that blogger is (his blog doesn't list a name), and we don't like anonymous essays, so you'll need to go there to find it.)

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