Sunday, September 16, 2007
My new pal, the Archbishop of Canterbury, gave an interview to the Telegraph. I draw your attention to this for two reasons. First, it has one of the flattest opening paragraphs I've ever read in a newspaper. Secondly, Williams, after four rather hesitant years in the job, has plainly decided to harden his public posture. I sympathise with the hesitancy - short of setting fire to it, it's hard to see how anybody could make the Church of England into a coherent entity. But his new, tougher position is better. He is, in fact, very bold - questioning our obsession with paedophilia, attacking ethnic cultural fragmentation, the X-Factor and even pushy, middle class parents. He has seen, I suspect, that there is more, not less, for the Church to say in a complacently secular society. I think it's time my other pal CaptainB stopped calling him the Beardy Weirdy.
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 6:32 am