About this headline

Williams “fostering schism,” aide fears.

That’s the headline on this story in the Sunday Telegraph concerning an email that Canon Kenneth Kearon, secretary general of the Anglican Consultative Council, sent to Louie Crew, founder of Integrity. (Background is here.)

I think the headline is a stretch. In his email, Kearon says that a recent letter in which Bishop Paul Marshall of Bethlehem was sharply critical of the archbishop was “accurate.” But “fostering schism” is Marshall’s term, not Kearon’s. The Telegraph has put the words in his mouth.

That said, Kearon may indeed believe this. But I don’t think the evidence is in. And while I am at it, why do they keep saying that we “appoint” our bishops?

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