Comments: General Synod Papers

Interesting notes from the Archbishops on the future of the Anglican Covenant. I see that it is official that at the Lambeth Conference:

"We don't want the bishops to vote a text - or any part of it - up or down, but to make their views clear on the development of the text, and to catalyse the discussion at Provincial level"

I also see that the earliest date on which any covenant could be finalised is 2009, and that this would be at the Anglican Consulatative Council of that year.

Looks like the Primates are being kept firmly away from the process, after the last disastrous Primates Meeting. The ACC, on the other hand, ensures that clergy and laity are involved.

Even the 2009 date is not final - it is just that next steps will be decided then.

Posted by badman at Tuesday, 22 January 2008 at 8:16pm GMT

It looks from the daily news reports as if the most pressing social problem in Britain is the current culture of street violence/knives/guns/muggings. Shouldn't the Church in Synod have something to say about this? We should be a strong voice for peace, tolerance and acceptance of difference.

Posted by Fr Mark at Tuesday, 22 January 2008 at 9:31pm GMT

See,s to me that this is all about fiddling while Rome (or Canterbury) burns.
By the way did anyone on the Anglican church read the report in the Guardian on Tuesday setting out the remarkable change in attitudes over the last 20 years to gay men and lesbians in society. I haven't got the paper anymore but wasn't it something like 80% acceptance and roughly equal approval or dis approval of gay parenting?
So what has the church to say about this. If it says anything at all the hard liners will just trot out the same old tired condemnations while the rest of the church hopes it will all go away.

Posted by Richard Ashby at Thursday, 24 January 2008 at 5:56pm GMT
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