Rowan Williams, the delightful, charming, bookworm boss of the Church of England was never going to be top leadership material. His obsession with the wishy-washy Liberal agenda and indecision left his flock dazed, confused and more often than not, let down.
During an intensive period where many Christians feel isolated and despondent about their country’s treatment of their faith, Williams was often salt in the wound instead of saviour. Whether he was backing Sharia Law or supporting the St Pauls protestors during their daily squat at a national landmark, he got it wrong time and time again.
Yes, he had some difficult topics to debate, issues that would inevitably divide opinion and cause a stir, but his dithering over tough topics often came before his fundamental duty to set the agenda and stand up for Christians. His tenure as leader will also be remembered for a mass exodus of CofE loyalists to the Catholic Church who had simply had enough.
With Williams beginning to pack his bags, the Church of England needs to seize the moment and find a strong leader to get back on track. This needs to be someone who is a defender of the faith, instead of a debater of the faith.