Saturday, January 27, 2007


One hates to profit from another's mistake or misfortune.


Just about everyone who uses the internet has had the experience of clicking on "Send" and then sometime later, maybe immediately, going "Oh, s**t!" I've been there. It's not fun. I say this in all honesty: My heart goes out to Canon Kenneth Kearon, head honcho at the Anglican Communion Office, whose private email to Dr Louie Crew has been made public. Because it might just has easily have been me in the hot seat, I do sincerely wish it had never happened.

But it did, and it's already been duly exploited, and I'm not going to lose any sleep tonight for simply observing that an important truth has been smoked out, even if under unfortunate circumstances, to wit: The Anglican Communion Office, which is supposed to be the administrative and publicity arm of the Anglican Consultative Council, has been, so to speak, "in bed" with a very partisan faction of the Episcopal Church, and, in doing so, has put itself at odds with the ACC itself, the Primates' Meeting, and the teaching of the Anglican Communion as expressed through the 1998 Lambeth Conference. The gaffe has also compounded the already delicate situation in which the Archbishop of Canterbury is in.

Good can come of this. At least we all now know where some energy in a critical part of the Anglican Communion infrastructure has been directed. Canon Kearon should now seek another ministry, post haste. A more honest broker could then be appointed to replace him. The ACO is a servant of the Instruments of Unity, and should be on the same page with them.

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