Laurence Fox has started an amusing petition on Change.org in response to the defenestration of black trainee priest Calvin Robinson from the Church of England’s for refusing to accept the Church is ‘institutionally racist’. The petition asks Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, and Sarah Mullally, the Bishop of London – both of whom have apologised for the Church’s ‘history of racism’ – to step aside and make way for BAME alternatives.
As far back as 2020, Mr. Welby has said that he was “ashamed of (the Church’s) history”, calling for “radical and decisive” changes to be made in order to remedy past injustices. For Mr. Welby, these include the improved representation of ethnic monitories in the Church.
Sarah Mullally has likewise been full of penitence for what she sees as the Church’s ongoing sins, recently informing a black trainee vicar that “as a white woman I can tell you (the trainee) that the Church is institutionally racist”.
While the black trainee disagreed, it is clear that both the Rt Hon Welby and Dame Mullally are having to live with unimaginable guilt.
We therefore invite them to save their souls by resigning their posts in favour of BAME Anglicans. Welby and Mullally would be showing the ultimate form of moral leadership, giving up their own careers to resolve what they attest to be a grim historical injustice.
You can sign the petition here.
Stop Press: Allison Pearson has written a great piece about Calvin Robinson and his rejection by the high-ups at the Church of England for the Telegraph.