Comments: Lambeth Conference: some reactions

This is the bit I liked in Paul Bagshaw's piece:

'a lawmaking body in the strict sense'? What other sense is there? This is playing with words: it was never a lawmaking body. Full stop.

It is the sheer frustration with the words used. Another was the reply to Fred Hiltz, that the Archbishop could not support or sanction interventions by foreign bishops. Hiltz wasn't asking for support or sanction, but the opposite! That the answer is turned around 180 degrees, which sounds like pale agreement, makes you wonder if there are occasions when the Archbishop would like to support or sanction them.

Posted by Pluralist at Thursday, 24 January 2008 at 2:16am GMT

Paul Bagshaw in his article says: "Discourse, not law, is what keeps a communion together." Wise words.

Posted by Fr Mark at Thursday, 24 January 2008 at 9:19am GMT

Pluralist and others -
Watch the word sanction. While in the US it usually means support it can mean just the opposite as when a nation is warned that sanctions will apply if they persist in an unacceptable course of action. I suspect that may be the common British usage.

Posted by Columba Gilliss at Thursday, 24 January 2008 at 1:54pm GMT

Could be negative. That would be "I cannot give support or apply sanctions against". It looks to me, as someone very English, that he used the word sanction to mean supporting, but it means more than support but give it legitimacy. But you could be right. It just shows why we end up baffled.

Posted by Pluralist at Thursday, 24 January 2008 at 9:34pm GMT

Pluralist --

Quite right! I'm sure that if the ABC wanted us to know what he meant, he could manage (or get Jane to write it for him -- I do so miss her pieces in The Church Times).

But the pieces from Bishop Wilson & Paul Bagshaw are first rate -- this using vagaries for their own sake really helps no one (IMHO).

Posted by Prior Aelred at Friday, 25 January 2008 at 4:18pm GMT
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