Bishop abandoned in Africa with 20 curates

I’ve refrained from commenting on Anglican goings-on for a while as it has all been a bit tedious and all the commenters here on the blog have been getting along so well it seemed a shame to post anything controversial. This story would be laughable if (a) it wasn’t so sad and (b) it didn’t…

hospitality

I’ve refrained from commenting on Anglican goings-on for a while as it has all been a bit tedious and all the commenters here on the blog have been getting along so well it seemed a shame to post anything controversial. This story would be laughable if (a) it wasn’t so sad and (b) it didn’t involve a curate who is a friend of mine.

church teaMy local Bishop, the Bishop of Chelmsford, and 20 curates are on a trip to Kenya. It emerges that the Bishop has become the patron of ‘Changing Attitude’, a society about which the Kenyan hosts are uncomfortable. Upon discovering this the Kenyan bishop and church has ‘withdrawn it’s hospitality’ from the group, leaving them stranded in some hotel in the middle of no-one-quite-knows-where. Ruth Gledhill has covered the story in the Times and on her blog (and also, incidentally, her Blogger blog). The local ‘Anglican Mainstream’ group have issued a statement saying that he jolly well deserves to be stranded in an obscure hotel in Africa and that he shouldn’t have been so silly in the first place (paraphrase).

Background and sundry information:
Thinking Anglicans: what is going on in Kenya?
Thinking Anglicans: more about Kenya and Chelmsford
The Bishop of Chelmsford, Right Reverend John Gladwin
Changing Attitude – Home Page
Changing Attitude – Patrons
BBC NEWS | England | Essex | Gay support bishop’s Kenya snub

Update: Cartoon added.

Further Update:Second cartoon added. Ruth adds: “I am assured that it is only the programme that has been cancellled, and that the Anglican church in Kenya is making sure that the bishop and his wife and curates are all being looked after and cared for properly for the rest of their visit.”

This is a relief. It perhaps means that my first cartoon goes a bit far. But I’ll leave it up so that anyone who wants to complain has a full and adequate opportunity to do so.