Comments: General Synod - November 2010 - online papers

"29. The first Lambeth Conference was called on the understanding that it could not enact any canons or reach any decisions which were automatically binding on the churches of the Anglican Communion. Resolutions and decisions had to be ratified by each member church before becoming effective."

- from GS Misc.966 (preamble to discussion of the proposed Anglican Covenant -

This Covenant is now going to overturn the ethos of the original Lambeth Conference. It's stated intention was to avoid explicit instructions being given to any participant Church that would be in conflict with that Church's internal polity

All other Section but Section 4 of the proposed Covenant document might well be construed as helpful toward the doctrinal and cultural ethos of Anglicanism - based on Scripture, Tradition and Reason. However, the disciplinary culture of Section 4 would seek to sow seeds of doubt about the perceived integrity of Provinces which seek to further the interests of justice and freedom by including LGBT members of the Church in the ministry of the local Church in those Provinces.

The world and the Church have moved on since the days of Colonial expansionism, so that various Provinces of the Church have sought to minister within the cultural and social ethos of their own territories - without having to hold back from advancement on out-dated understandings of gender and sexuality.

As these aspects of prophetic witness within the Churches in North America have been brought into the area of Gospel outreach to the world as it actually exists, they have become prime reasons for the covenantal structure which is now before the C.of E. General Synod.

The basis of relatrionship between the Churches of the Communion has been clearly spelt out in successive Lambeth Conferences - or at least, those which have recognised the integrity of it's participant provincial Churches. However, since Lambeth 1998, when certain provinces decided to black-list TEC and the A.C. of Canada because of their acceptance of homosexual clergy as part of their ministerial structures, these provinces immediatelt took their own action to dis-inherit TEC and the A.C. of C. from their membership of ther Communion, resulting in this present call for a Covenant - based on mutual agreement to the exclusion of the North American Churches.

Such a Covenant will not be truly representative of the via media of classical Anglicanism, which has always prided itself on it's facility for *Unity in Diversity*.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Monday, 1 November 2010 at 11:51pm GMT

Wouldn't the Anglican Covenant have to go before the Houses of Parliament?

Posted by Marcus at Tuesday, 2 November 2010 at 10:00am GMT
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