Comments: Dissolving the Court of Lambeth Palace

Those who have ears to hear, let them hear.

Posted by Mojwnun at Thursday, 29 March 2012 at 1:21pm BST

Sounds right, and from the inside: but the next Archbishop might do well to do nothing except to see how the land lies and also support any diocesan bishop that finds GAFCON and its formations doing any circumventing. But after this last 'strong' and misdirected leadership, less would be a relief. Perhaps that is then the opportunity to concentrate on unhelpful structures and do as George Pitcher says, ready for the one after.

Posted by Pluralist at Thursday, 29 March 2012 at 3:02pm BST

I have always thought the "handlers" who had daily close contact with Rowan Williams might be a big part of the problem. This post is quite interesting and it certainly offers a better way forward.

Posted by Chris Smith at Thursday, 29 March 2012 at 4:19pm BST

I second the recommendation to read the entire article. Well written, so, while long, was not hard reading. And worth the read, IMHO.

Posted by Lois Keen at Thursday, 29 March 2012 at 10:33pm BST

A great deal of international, Anglican Communion and ecumenical work is done both at (physically) and under the auspices of Lambeth Palace. The National Church Institutions successfully ensure that the staff on both sides of the river work together. A systematic dismantling of Lambeth Palace staff and transfer of their functions to Church House would merely leave offices in Lambeth empty. Such plans (even coming from Fr Pitcher) misunderstand the role of the Archbishop of Canterbury.

However, in the current climate everyone has to look at their staffing levels and make appropriate savings and Lambeth is no exception.

Posted by Wilf at Thursday, 29 March 2012 at 10:39pm BST

The next Archbishop of Canterbury might be well advised to hire George Pitcher as Chief of Staff and give him full remit to restructure operations.

Posted by Malcolm French+ at Friday, 30 March 2012 at 5:05am BST
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