How doers Rowan do it?
Child sex abuse. A subject that is so black and white that the only people with descenting views are filthy perverts with vile lusts recognised as such by the rest of humanity. Clerical sex abuse, definitely totally wrong. Church cover ups and concealment, allowing offenders off the hook, recognisably reprehensible.
So how, in the name of all that is holy does Rowan Williams manage to get himself on the wrong side of this debate? To be forced to apologise for his remarks before they have even been aired marks a new record and low point in his inglorious history of mass communication. Following on from Sharia Law we now have something even better. He has managed to accidentally, completely screw his relationship with the Roman Catholic Church.
It's like he has special access to another realm, beyond this one, populated by things made entirely of crap. He is a Midas of mire, and anti alchemist who can turn almost anything to dust. Funnily enough though I'm actually starting to like that about him.
That air of complete buffoonery that is the hallmark of so much of our church and now feels strangely comforting.
Almost like home.