Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Rowan Williams takes Mugabe to task in Zimbabwe sermon - from the Guardian

Archbishop Rowan Williams of Canterbury took the bold step of calling out the Mugabe regime in Zimbabwe during his visit there. Many Anglican Christians are being persecuted and harrassed by the state. Williams compared the current regime to the old colonial powers.

This is the kind of boldness we need to see from Church leaders. One of the roles traditionally attributed to a Christian bishop is that of protecting the flock, as Christ does (John 10.1-30).

from the article:
"The archbishop of Canterbury has risked angering the Zimbabwean president, Robert Mugabe, ahead of a crucial meeting with him, by attacking the country's lawlessness and comparing it with the 'greed of colonialists and imperalists'".

"In a brave and possibly career-defining appearance at Harare's national stadium, Rowan Williams told a crowd of more than 15,000 that it was tragic that so many lived in daily fear of attack if they failed to comply 'with what the powerful require of them'".

See also:
Archbishop Hands Mugabe Dossier of Grievances

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