Monday, December 22, 2008

Dept. of No Surprise: Tension in Canterbury Palace

An unnamed senior aide to Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury has been sacked for calling the Bishop of Rochester "an asshole."  In writing, no less.

Whether true or not, it was surely heartfelt.  And awfully impolitic.

These are tough times for the CofE and its daughter churches, so we won't pretend to be shocked by a bit of internecine namecalling.  Plus, we've read the Starbridge novels, so we know what it's like in those Gothic pressure-cookers.  Nor are we Lutherans, with our blunt Teutonic manners, strangers to the gruff insult.

But still, gentlemen.  A crisis is no time to lose your composure.

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