The Government Leans on the Church of England for Jeffrey Johns

Damian Thompson’s list for why Dr. Jeffrey John (the openly gay CoE clergyman who may become Bishop of Southwark) is a good one, but this item especially caught my eye:

David Cameron apparently supports Dr John’s candidacy. Nothing could underline Cameron’s right-on credentials more effectively than supporting the episcopal ordination of a Left-wing gay priest. He doesn’t even really open himself up to accusations of tokenism, since Dean John is the obvious choice: popular, clever and a former member of the chapter of Southwark Cathedral. The Bankside gay community would love having him as their bishop – and they might love Dave a little better for helping put him there. The fact that the PM’s constitutional right to intervene in the appointment of bishops is antiquated and undemocratic would be ignored just this once, I reckon.

First: the fact that this is happening at all is a sign that Rowan Williams’ main (only?) motivation for downgrading the Episcopalians is due to pressure from the Africans.  He reminds me of the old Cream song Politician:

I support the left, tho’ I’m leanin’ to the right
I support the left, tho’ I’m leanin’ to the right
But I’m just not there when, when it’s coming to a fight.

Second: the CoE is a state church in a state where LGBT privileges (and the attack on those who don’t go along with their idea) is enshrined both in law and in bureaucratic preference.  It was only a matter of time before same state would intervene on their behalf, and it looks like this is the place.

This simple fact of life is a major reason why I’ve counselled Anglicans on this side of the pond not to put stock in their relationship with the CoE, and now things are moving to their logical conclusion.

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