Rowan Williams has decided to wimp-out rather than stick by his earlier pronouncements that “it’s quite difficult in some parts of Ireland to go down the street wearing a clerical collar now”. Now he has expressed his “deepest sorrow and regret” over his own comments.
Williams has been known to put his foot in his mouth on many occasions. But , on this occasion, many would have agreed with him when he suggested that the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland has lost “all credibility” over the way it had dealt with paedophile priests.
I’ve said it before, but it appears to me that the Anglican Church really should dispense with God – then it would be much freer to make comments about ethical (or unethical) behaviour without risking schisms in the Christian Church. Williams would have to worry less about minding his Ps and Qs if he didn’t have a bunch of clerics to answer to. But, then again, I suppose no-one would report what he says or give him any air time if he didn’t lead a church. But he would, at least, be free to put his foot in his mouth as often as he wished – without need for apology.