Tim Blair


New Criterion



Tuesday, May 25, 2004
SUDANESE EPISCOPALIANS are like Anglicans, but they also believe in God.

So it is good to see the Anglican news service giving coverage to the latest outrage by the Sudan's Islamic gestapo:
This is the fourth time that ECS [Episcopal Church of Sudan] principal church properties in Khartoum have been acted against by the police:
First, the confiscation of the old Cathedral in 1971
Then attempts to seize the Diocese of Khartoum's headquarters in Omdurman in 1997
Then the Easter incident in April 2001 when riot police stormed All Saints' Cathedral
And now, on 20 May 2004, the forced eviction from the ECS Guest House

Anglican boss, Rowan Williams, has yet to issue a statement in support of his Sudanese colleagues. I guess such action would not "foster solidarity amongst its member churches and friends",

Williams is busy with secular duties at present. He knows where the world's major source of evil lies; his own government.
Dr Williams even made a case for civil disobedience, arguing that political obedience in our age has become "problematic". Anglican theologians have never sanctioned compliance with "unjust law", he said.

Retiring Australian Primate, Peter Carnley, has yet to notice. He is concerned about the social conditions of our Pacific neighbours, however.

Perhaps Williams and Carnley are embarrassed by the Sudanese church, which has grown ten-fold in the past fifty years and has more believing members than the English and Australian churches combined.

Lead from MCJ.