Comments: Anglican Covenant: more criticism

"The Covenant grew from a desire to expel TEC from the Anglican Communion - an exercise of force, not the recognition that opponents seek the good of the community - and 'who started it' is the politics of the playground, not of an adult community. The process by which the covenant has come about is deeply anti-participatory."

- Paul Bagshaw, on 'A Richer Covenant'.

When one looks into the origins of the Covenant idea, one need look no further than those who have not been able to live with the prophetic call of TEC and the Anglican Church of Canada, which provinces have already overturned the despotic culture of homophobia and misogyny in their inclusive attitude towards women and gays in the Churches and communities of their areas of responsibility.

This hostility towards prophetic action in the Church, which seeks to encourage an honesty and openness towards both women and the minority of God's children who happen to have been born with sexual difference - through no fault of their own - is nothing less than social and moral irresponsibility.

The irony here is that, although Lambeth has already pronounced homosexuality as morally neutral, it says too little about the immorality of homosphobia and sexism in the Church. While TEC and the A.C.of C. are deemed 'too quick' to affirm women and gays; they are precisely the provinces that would be threatened by the terms of Section 4 of the Covenant document which is specifically written to exclude them from full membership of the Communion - unless they *repent* of their promotion of same-sex blessings and the ordination of gays into ministry.

The Anglican Covenant, therefore, cannot be said to be indiscriminate in it's treatement of all the prospective partners - including TEC and the A.C.of C., and is, as such, hardly acceptable to all parties. Any vote for the Covenant as it is will surely side-line the Provinces mentioned. Thus it deserves to be rejected by all who seek to do justice.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Wednesday, 27 October 2010 at 1:03am BST
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