As we report today, conservative archbishops are refusing to receive the Eucharist alongside liberal colleagues. Only in the strange world of Anglican ecclesiology could both parties be regarded as belonging to the same Communion.
The question now is how much damage the end of the Communion would do to the Church of England. That depends partly on Dr Williams. The Established Church is founded on an English pragmatism that finds space for Catholic and Protestant, liberal and conservative. Alas, that pragmatism cannot be exported.
The Anglican Communion is one of several supra-national bodies (such as the Commonwealth) whose ambitions no longer correspond to reality. Dr Williams should let it fade away, and instead apply his intellect to holding together our national Church.
Monday, February 05, 2007
Telegraph editorial: The CoE "is founded on an English pragmatism ... that cannot be exported"