Anglican Church in North America Archbishop Duncan, no slouch as a wordy prelate, had this to say about Archbishop Williams' latest letter, as reported by The Washington Times.
"Sadly," said ACNA Archbishop Robert Duncan, "the archbishop of Canterbury has given us another nuanced statement in the midst of a crisis."
He added, "The Communion needs clear leadership at the moment and sadly, others will fill the void."
The ACNA Archbishop is not alone in his assessment. (He does use 'sadly" rather frequently.) Other indeed will fill the void.
Bishop Nazer-Ali comes across as someone out of touch completely but rabid in his denunciation of The Episcopal Church. There is speculation about his heading up the FOCA action or GAFCON outbreak in England or world-wide.
Bishop Tom Wright is quick on the draw but not very solid as an observer; that is he sometimes does not know what he is talking about. Whoever thought he might be the next ABC was having a bad dream, we hope.
ACNA's Duncan himself is given to insipid interviews and rehash mutterings. He is building a house with too many rooms for too many contestants in the Anglican look-alike games.
And where are the great lions of Africa? We hear almost nothing.
Archbishop Akinola of Nigeria is very quiet. What gives?
Archbishop Orombi of Uganda is quite as well, but he surfaced in April at a meeting of the Association of Western Anglican Congregations, which since became a diocese in the Anglican Church of North America. It is unclear however just what sort of leadership he is exercising elsewhere in the Anglican world.
Who else is out there?
So, if Canterbury is losing ground as the spokesperson for the Anglican Communion, who is rising to be that persons? Who "will fill the void?"
God willing, maybe no one will. Perhaps the Anglican Communion as a fellowship of Churches can get along quite well without a charismatic leader.