Frank Advice (or lack of it)


My dear Frank,

Please don’t take this the wrong way. This is not a letter of complaint. I just thought I would write to let you know that I am feeling a little let down.

We Anglicans, as you will know, are having a pretty hard time at the moment over the gay thing. In the CofE we have married gay clergy taking bishops to employment tribunals and bishops breaking ranks to defend them. In the US the Episcopal Church has just sanctioned same sex marriages in the Church and I have had streams of African bishops on the blower telling me what damage it is doing to relations with Muslims, and even putting Christian lives at risk.

I am desperately trying to hold some sort of line here; but what do I get from you? Silence about the Irish Referendum and silence about the American Supreme Court ruling. Of course it’s important to tell people to turn down the air-conditioning and care for the planet, and of course we are all terribly sad about the Greek debt crisis, and of course nobody expects you to turn into Pio Nono and sound off with anathemas and syllabuses all over the place; but your saying nothing has left me feeling a bit exposed.

Well, there you are: the damage is done now, and I shall probably have to buckle under anyway. I usually do. But I thought I would let you know how I was feeling.

Your (rather disappointed) friend,


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