Robert Munday:  Whimpers from across the ocean

Posted by Kendall Harmon

A number of literary sayings crossed my mind when I saw that the Archbishop of Canterbury has (finally, today) issued a statement in response to the actions of the Episcopal Church's General Convention, which ended ten days ago. The first thought that came to me was a paraphrase of T.S. Eliot's line, "This is the way the Communion dies, not with a bang but a whimper." Because, although I pray that I am wrong, there isn't nearly enough in Rowan Williams' statement to reassure me that this isn't the Anglican Communion's fate. Indeed, the very weakness (and studied ambiguity) of Dr. Williams' statement may be a factor in pushing the Communion toward that end.

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Posted July 28, 2009 at 2:04 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]



1. Jeffersonian wrote:

Dean Munday gets it right, though I’m inclined to Yeats as opposed to Eliot:

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the center cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

July 28, 2:23 pm | [comment link]
2. frdarin wrote:

The good dean is usually spot on, so I’m lamenting his observations - as true as they may turn out to be.

I’m hopeful that despite Rowan’s ditherings (as brilliant as they may in fact be), or perhaps in some way because of them, the ACNA and GAFCON and Communion Partners may find a common way forward (Covenant is a long shot, but still barely breathing…).

Fr. Darin Lovelace+
St. David’s Anglican (ACNA)
Durant, Iowa

July 28, 3:20 pm | [comment link]
3. pendennis88 wrote:

Is it a whimper, or just the quiet before those who’ve asked for action see that the door has been left wide open for them to go and do it?

July 28, 4:33 pm | [comment link]
4. sophy0075 wrote:

I have been thinking about TS Eliot’s line in connection with the AC for about four years now…

Cranmer must be weeping.

July 28, 6:42 pm | [comment link]
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