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Guess who ain't coming to dinner?

By Diogenes (articles ) | Feb 14, 2004

The Church of England isn't ready to let that Italian girl in the family. The Archbishop of Canterbury argues that her daddy's rich, and she just needs to learn better manners.

Dr Williams told the Synod that papal infallibility raised grave misgivings, but these could dissolve if it were seen as a trustworthy way of discerning and settling disputes rather than one man's power to assert doctrine.

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  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Feb. 16, 2004 12:21 PM ET USA

    Henry VIII was the assertion of one man's power to assert doctrine by beheading St Thomas More. I guess Dr Williams has been a tad too busy lately to read Newman's The Development of Christian Doctrine.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 14, 2004 9:08 PM ET USA

    Unsurprisingly, Dr. Williams would be OK with Papal "Infallibility", provided it's interpreted as a kind of motherly (and distinclty feminine) dispute-coddling influence, rather than a masculine decision power. Plainly put, he, and all the other liberals, want to castrate the Pope. Us too.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 14, 2004 8:51 PM ET USA

    I've got an idea: Rather than papal infallibility why don't the Anglicans just give all the power to whoever holds the deed to the church property and signs the clergy pension checks no matter what they believe. The rest could just pretend that nothing has really changed when a rogue priestess extends "equal marriage rights" to a trans-species, gay "couple." Oh wait, that's how they do it already....

  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - Feb. 14, 2004 8:01 PM ET USA

    From the Gospel according to Dr Williams "Thou art my dispute settling commissioners and upon this commission I will build my Church".

  • Posted by: Simeon - Feb. 14, 2004 12:11 PM ET USA

    Dr. Williams' point is interesting. It seems to me that those who are observing the splintering demise of the Church of England are beginning to realize that the establishment of the papacy, besides being divinely inspired, might actually have been practically prudent. It may have taken over 400 years, but we will be watching Rome vacuum up this mess over the next several years.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 14, 2004 6:43 AM ET USA

    Yes, a palpably fallible "leader" like Dr. Williams is precisely the sort of acretion required to end, finally, the Church on Earth.

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