Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Parable of Rowan Williams: UPDATED

The gospel according to Fred Schwartz:

Rowan Williams invited Katherine Jefferts-Schori to dine with him,
and she entered the Archbisop Williams house and reclined at table.
Now there was a sinful woman in the city
who learned that Bishop Schori was at table in the house of the Archbishop
Bringing an alabaster flask of ointment,
she stood behind her at her feet weeping
and began to bathe her feet with her tears.
Then she wiped them with her hair,
kissed them, and anointed them with the ointment.
When Archbishop Rowan Williams who had invited Bishop Schori saw this he said to himself,
“If this woman were a real Anglican,
she would know who and what sort of woman this is who is touching her,
that she is a sinner.”
Bishop Katherine said to him in reply,
“Rowan, I have something to say to you.”
“Tell me, Katherine, ” he said.
“Two people were in debt to a certain creditor;
one owed five hundred day’s wages and the other owed fifty.
Since they were unable to repay the debt, he forgave it for both.
Which of them will love him more?”
Archbishop Williams said in reply,
“The one, I suppose, whose larger debt was forgiven.”
Bishop Schori said to him, “You have judged rightly.”
Then she turned to the woman and said to Rowan,
“Do you see this woman?
When I entered your house, you did not give me water for my feet,
but she has bathed them with her tears
and wiped them with her hair.
You did not give me a kiss,
but she has not ceased kissing my feet since the time I entered.
You did not anoint my head with oil,
but she anointed my feet with ointment.
So I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven
because she has shown great love.
But the one to whom little is forgiven, loves little.”
She said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”
The others at table said to themselves,
“Who is this who even forgives sins?”
But she said to the woman,
“Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
And Archbishop Rowan Williams became so enraged that he removed all of
Bishop Schori’s representatives to the various inter-faith councils.


See Leonardo Ricardo's post on this topic. It is wonderful!

Rowan Williams, ¨the petty¨ Archbishop of Canterbury, doesn´t approve of high placed women at Church of England wearing ¨symbols of their office¨

PS: If you have not discovered Leonardo's artwork go visit his site anyway. He is a magnificient artist with a flair for color that is second to none.

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