If Anglicans do not want a 'Pope' as in the current Roman model but are keen on some kind of (suitably different) 'primacy' at the head of the Communion, then we have some expectations about the leadership coming from the person in that office, which for the time being is the Archbishop of Canterbury. The current holder ++Rowan Williams just keeps on making some people unhappy. The unhappy ones vocalise their unhappiness. Does that mean there is a silent majority which is happy?
Recently ++RW gave an extensive interview, largely hidden behind the Times paywall. But BabyBlue offers a lengthy excerpt, and a generally sympathetic response to ++RW's words. By contrast Walking with Integrity is unhappy. So, but for different reasons is Cranmer's Curate.
Once again such views illustrate the ongoing divisions within the Anglican Communion: conservative versus liberal, and within the conservative part, more conservative versus less conservative, with the views of ++Rowan serving as a litmus test!
Within TEC the rumblings of division continue between the majority (which is both happy with the ways things are turning out and keen on continuing pressure on the Communion to follow rather than resist TEC's lead) and the minority (which is unhappy with the way things are turning out and is keen on measuring its Anglicanism with a Communion resistant to TEC's lead). The latest rumbling is Preludium challenging the direction of the Diocese of South Carolina as it tries to both remain within TEC and to canonically distinguish itself from TEC, and the ACI riding directly to South Carolina's rescue from this challenge. (See also Thinking Anglican's collection of links to the array of canonical issues and views for and against re SC's response).
Rather than try to solve the problems which better people do not seem able to solve, I raise this question, prompted by these statistics re the age profile of clergy in TEC:
What approach to these divisions, and to the issues dividing us will draw new generations into the life of global Anglicanism?
Perhaps it is a strange and irrational fear, but it is my fear: a progressive or liberal approach to these matters will lead to an increasingly older Anglican population in Western Anglican churches. We will die happy that we have been right but we will have no successors to inherit what we have achieved.