Kenneth Kearon: Rowan Williams is fomenting schism
Imagine this situation. A confidential e-mail comes to light, written by the head of the British civil service, which savages Tony Blair's leadership. We would perhaps expect the civil service to have a new head in fairly short order. He would probably take early retirement in order to spend me time with his filing cabinets.
Now consider this. A confidential e-mail comes to light, written by the secretary general of the Anglican Communion, which accuses the Archbishop of Canterbury of "fomenting schism" and derides his leadership skills. That e-mail was published in today's Sunday Telegraph.
Canon Ken Kearon, who was still secretary general of the Anglican Communion when I last checked, is the author of the e-mail. He is, ironically enough, a specialist in reconciliation studies who is highly regarded for his diplomatic skills; he's also a priest of the Church of Ireland and the former director of the Irish School of Ecumenics. He's pictured here meeting Pope Benedict in the company of the man he says is inciting division in the Communion, Dr Rowan Williams.
In fact, I got the first broadcast interview with Ken Kearon shortly after his appointment as head of the Communion's permanent secretariat in August 2004. He was installed in January 2005. I can't imagine that we'll have much luck securing an interview this week.