So the time has come for the Diocese of New Westminster to threaten to suspend J. I. Packer. On one level inevitable given his parish’s decision to leave the Anglican Church of Canada for the Southern Cone. But if you needed proof that something was very badly wrong in a large chunk of the Anglican Communion, here it is.
I met him once, very briefly, at St. Michael’s, Aberystwyth. I commented positively on his tie, which bore the likeness of an American 4-4-0 steam locomotive. I was rather surprised when he replied “Ah, those of us who love the railways have even more in common than our shared love of Jesus Christ!”