update the service of Baptism to make it less daunting and more accessible. Undoubtedly some forms are a little daunting, even Rowan Williams said he found the service "wordy" ( it must be bad then, chaps...) The book of common prayer asks for the child to be "delivered from (God's) wrath" and that "all carnal desires may die in him"... so the ABC could have a point there. However, baptism is in itself a ritual invested with complex symbolism and significance - in simplifying there is always a danger that that beauty and richness is lost.
I only heard this news item briefly on the way home, but I think the decision was in part motivated by a decline in the numbers of people getting their children baptised. I am all for updating if Rowan Williams is getting bored by the services, but I would also ask whether the decline in baptismal uptake might actually be more to do with our increasingly secular society than in the service itself?
Do the average parents, when contemplating the prospect of getting the sprog wetted, really say to each other, "Well, let's have a gander at the words of the service. Hmmm...strikes me as a bit wordy and daunting, let's not bother..." Of course, they might well say, "That church down the road...looks a bit daunting to me...full of stuffy old folks...not my sort of place, let's not bother..."
Which is not quite the same thing. Is it?