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Letters to AO

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Letters from 17 to 23 October 2011

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The Post Office will remain open

Excellent article last week, an example of how the new media age, out of the telegraph, works for good. Well written, as always, and inspiring. Thank you.

As to your occasional malaise over no letters, or only letters not fit to print, causing a rethink on having the letters option, I hope that this option will always be here. It's part of how we communicate, and even not communicating or badly communicating is valuable. Again, thank you all.

Lois Keen
Grace Episcopal, Norwalk
Norwalk, Connecticut, USA
17 October 2011

Man of Harlech

I am prepared to overlook your gaffe in referring to the ABC as an Englishman (although I'm sure Mr. Mugabe would resent a Welshman dressing him down as much as he'd resent an Englishman doing it), because you told a good news story about the beleaguered Archbishop.

Dr. Williams has come in for a lot of flak during his archepiscopacy and much of it comes from parts of the Communion which believe that he is not addressing their personal bete noires in a timely, amidst prognostications from doomsayers who, unfairly in my opinion, hold him responsible for the fractures in the Communion. My sense is that it is largely due to Archbishop Williams' expert stick-handling (that's a Canadian expression meaning finesse and diplomacy) that the Communion remains intact and that the fissures have not widened into crevasses!

Dr. Williams' courage — let's not underestimate that!— in making the trip to Zimbabwe shows him to be a man of conviction, commitment and profound faith, and shows up Konunga for being the complete opposite. At the risk of inciting further uproar, I'm going to go out on a limb and say that Konunga is not alone among too many 'leaders' of the Anglican Church in other parts of the world, men who have personal agendas that conflict with the Anglican ethos and with the mandate of Christ.

Thank you, Archbishop Williams and thank you, Anglicans Online, for bringing us this important news.

Rene Jamieson
St. John's Cathedral
Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA
17 October 2011

Times two

Good article, thoughtful, on African politics and the church. However, even with an informative footnote explaining why you call Rowan Williams, a Welshman, English, it's a bit like calling a Kiwi an Aussie. Not on. Wales, for that matter, is surely not the same as England in rugby, our other religion here in the antipodes!

Anglican Church in New Zealand
19 October 2011

(Editor: In press interviews in African newspapers during September, Nolbert Kunonga frequently referred to Rowan Williams as 'an Englishman' or 'a homosexual Englishman'. This is probably because for many decades, Robert Mugabe's bête noire has been "The English". We assumed that Mr Kunonga and Mr Mugabe were in sufficiently close contact that they shared the same misconception.)

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