I posted a couple of pieces last month in which I claimed that the primate's meeting in Dublin was all about the primates of the Communion strengthening their position as the pseudo-cardinals of Anglicanism. I don't think I received one comment on either posts, most of my blogging colleagues were intent on talking the meeting up as a success for other reasons. So, it is good to see that ace Guardian commentator, Savitri Hensmen, has come to the same conclusion, albeit with a far politer tone than I managed.
Check out her article on the subject at COMMENT IS FREE. Here's a taster:
The primates' meeting is now regarded as one of the instruments of communion uniting Anglicans internationally. Yet it is relatively new – when I was a child, there was no such thing. That was a time when ordinary people's views were valued in church and society. The 1968 Lambeth Conference recommended "that no major issue in the life of the church should be decided without the full participation of the laity in discussion and in decision". In other churches, too, it was recognised that not only bishops but also ordinary churchgoers and parish priests trying to live out God's love in their neighbourhoods, as well as scholars and scientists, might have valuable insights.