Is the Archbishop of Canterbury getting b-slapped, that is, B16-slapped?
It’s inconceivable that our Holy Father Pope Benedict would slap or lay hands on Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury and leader of the world’s Anglicans. Nevertheless, as I watch scenes of the Holy Father walking around with the Queen or sitting in Westminster hall, I can’t help but notice the sheepish Archbishop of Canterbury keeping his head down in the background.
The power of the Pope in the presence of the Archbishop subtly mocks the established Protestantism of England. When you see the Successor of Saint Peter, Pope Benedict XVI, sitting enthroned at Westminster hall, you can’t help but think: “Yeah, all these churches, even the souls of the people, belongs by irrevocable right to the Holy Catholic Church. The traditions, the buildings, and even the anointed monarchy go back to England’s papist roots.
I wager that Rowan Williams (whom I believe is the second worst “Archbishop of Canterbury” after Thomas Cranmer) feels dwarfed. I also bet that he and others realize the Pope’s presence is a quiet judgment against a 500 year experiment that has failed miserably under Rowan’s watch: nationalized Protestantism in the form of Anglicanism.