Well, we all read the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Pentecost Letter and thought that there might be signs of ++Rowan finally growing a backbone… but it seems that that letter was only the public part of his campaign. The private part, consisting of a letter to +KJS asking her to withdraw from the Anglican Communion Standing Committee, has just gone public.
The Archbishop’s Pentecost letter is the public half of a campaign to rein in the Episcopal Church, The Church of England Newspaper has learned, and follows a private letter delivered to Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori asking her to consider withdrawing from active participation on the Standing Committee of the Anglican Communion.
A letter from the Archbishop is believed to have been given to Bishop Jefferts Schori at the April 17 consecration of the Bishop of Connecticut, Dr Ian Douglas. Neva Rae Fox, a spokesman for the Presiding Bishop said she could not comment as she was not present at the Connecticut consecration. Dr Williams’ office would neither confirm nor deny the story, citing its policy of not commenting on the Archbishop’s private correspondence.