For once I have been lost for words.
Dr Barry Morgan is due to retire at the beginning of January 2017.
He has been Archbishop of Wales for 14 years.
In that time the churches have lost 30% of their congregation—around 15,000 people.
On September 14th the Archbishop gave his last speech to the Governing Body of the Church in Wales.
In that speech he might have attempted to explain or analyse the reasons for that loss and have included a vision for the future.
He might have congratulated the faithful few on their loyalty, thanked them for their support and examined what had enabled them to keep the Faith when so many had fallen away.
He might have spoken of Joy and Hope and the Glory of God.
Instead he spoke about same sex relationships, same sex sex and the need to reinterpret the bits of the Bible we don’t like. He wrapped up his message with a lot of rigmarole, including biblical quotes about incest and slavery, but Same Sex is what the media have picked up and it’s what people will remember.
There’s a beautiful word in Welsh—’digalon’. In dictionaries it’s translated literally as ‘disheartened’ but it means something much more deep and profound—more the feeling of having your heart torn out of you.
That’s what I feel has happened to the Anglican church in Wales.