Comments: GS: Anglican Covenant Proposal

Great: so the MOST partisan person in all of this, ++Gomez, has been invited to address the synod. How 'bout a suitably prominent *critic* of the Draft Covenant?

Wake up, CofE! The Covenant is a "Coup D'Ecclesia" by the Primates!!! >:-/

Posted by JCF at Monday, 18 June 2007 at 7:26pm BST

All the potential pitfalls of the Covenant are articulated in Davie's report. The Telegraph report warning us of a "rule-book of beliefs" holds up, with this admission:

"It has to be admitted that the development of a set of Anglican ‘house rules’ could conceivably lead to the exclusion of those who are unwilling to live by these rules. Any rules drawn up for any community have the potential to exclude those who are unwilling to live by them."

This response to the gay "crisis" means enforcing a "common mind" on the Communion by a college of cardinals.

The sleep of reason produces monsters...

Posted by Hugh of Lincoln at Monday, 18 June 2007 at 10:04pm BST

And AGAIN, ++Katharine will not be able to do what the monolythic primates of the GS will ask of her, as the Anglican polity of TEC does not provide for its presider to act unilaterally without consent of the body of the whole/GC.

Posted by Fr.Shawn+ at Monday, 18 June 2007 at 10:12pm BST

Perhaps it is waking, will kick the thing off the bed, and go back to sleep.

Posted by Pluralist at Monday, 18 June 2007 at 10:21pm BST

Annex 4 (the MCU submission) is the most formidable critique of the whole Covenant idea I have seen anywhere. Full marks to the CofE for including it in the official briefing papers.

I suspect that Drexel Gomez has been put there so he can hear Synod, just as much as he is there so Synod can hear him.

If the debate on gays in the Church, and on the Bishops' advice on civil partnerships, at the last Synod is anything to go by, this is going to be a bumpy ride. No waking up will be necessary.

Posted by badman at Monday, 18 June 2007 at 11:03pm BST

"No waking up will be necessary"

Depends how good Sunday lunch is at Betty's!

Posted by Hugh of Lincoln at Tuesday, 19 June 2007 at 12:03am BST

Greetings, I can't get the Annex 4 link to work...thanks,

Posted by Leonardo Ricardo at Tuesday, 19 June 2007 at 2:24am BST

The annex is at

However this is a November 2006 document in response to an earlier round of consultation.

The up to date paper (which GS officials declined to circulate saying that the debate was one of principle not on the detail of the Draft Covenant) is at

Apologies to those who had difficulty finding it.

Posted by Paul Bagshaw at Tuesday, 19 June 2007 at 11:42am BST

The Devil's in the detail: That's why the Spring 2007 MCU response is so much more critical.

How can delegates be expected to vote in principle for something that is so unprincipled in its detail?

Posted by Hugh of Lincoln at Tuesday, 19 June 2007 at 12:51pm BST
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