Thursday, 3 January 2013
Farewell to Canterbury
Archbishop Rowan Williams' BBC television programme on Canterbury Cathedral was in many ways what one would have expected; it was erudite, learned, thoughtful, sensitive; it was very much the perspective of a modern man, consciously, deliberately, questioningly, a man of his time, confronting the questions and difficulties evoked by eternity. It summed up, revealingly, both his strengths and his weaknesses as a Churchman.
But it's always best to make up your own mind: watch the programme again [here].
A verdict on his time as Archbishop? I wouldn't presume. Wasn't it Chou En Lai, the Chinese premier, who said, when asked in the 1960s about the impact of the French Revolution, that it was far too early to judge?
My own impressions - for what they are worth - are that of a complex man of very great personal kindness.
Let's leave it there.