Comments: Covenant - reactions to the synod debate

"Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake" Maybe TEC should join just so we could be kicked out.

Posted by ruidh at Wednesday, 1 December 2010 at 12:12pm GMT

"This statement (by GAFCON/FACA Group)rejects the Anglican Covenant, the leadership of the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Primates Meeting, the Anglican Communion as it is presently constituted - and swathes of Anglican history, experience and tradition."

- Colin Coward, Inclusive Church -

This latest rejection of Communion Fellowship by GAFCON follows on inexorably from the tenets of the Jerusalem Statement, issued earlier, which distanced the GAFCON Primates from the prevailing Instruments of the Communion, to which each of the Anglican Provinces have previously given allegiance, though at some times, with some reserve.

GAFCON's latest assault on the tradition of the Primates' Meeting can be seen as a deliberate attempt to undermine the leadership of both the See of Canterbury and the role of the Lambeth Conference in the life of the Communion.

It is a great pity that the 'Jerusalem Statement' was not rendered of non-effect by the Communion Instruments earlier in the piece. Then the hubris of the GAFCON Prelates might have been checked - or at least examined carefully.

'Breakling Communion' is not, of course, new to the Global South fraternity, some of whom have shunned sharing the table of The Lord with TEC and the A.C.of C. at previous Lambeth and other conference Meetings. The Last Lambeth Conference, in 2008, was marked by their absence; and now this latest decision to withdraw from a Primates' Meeting in Dublin next year must surely be 'the straw that broke the camel's back.

Schismatic action is a misdemeanour far worse than that which is deemed to have been committed by the institution of same-sex blessings or the ordination of gay clergy, in their own provincial jurisdiction, by TEC and the A.C.of C. At least, in both the USA and Canada, there was a period of 'gracious restraint' exerted for some time -before the need for justice to be implemented in the new blessings and ordinations.

At the same time, there was no such thing as 'gracious restraint' on the part of the Border-Crossing Provinces of GAFCON into the territory of North America, into which they spawned 'ACNA'.

With Gaffe-Con's withdrawal from the Instruments of Communion, perhaps a re-drafting of a New Covenant (without the Gospel-restricting ethos of Section 4), agreed to by all of the remaining Provinces of the Communion - including TEC and the A.C.of C. - could bring about a restoration of 'normality' and the hope of RENEWAL into the
familiar world of Anglicanism.

This new Communion would no longer be exclusive of any who long for the Good News of Jesus Christ to take root in their lives, irrespective of their race, culture, gender or sexual differences.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Wednesday, 1 December 2010 at 10:13pm GMT

Father Ron - The remaining Provinces of the Communion - including TEC and the A.C.of C. - will have to SIGN the Covenant first before they can re-draft it.

ruidh - Perhaps TEC should sign the Covenant in order to STOP people being kicked out.

Posted by Terence Dear at Thursday, 2 December 2010 at 9:09am GMT

"At the same time, there was no such thing as 'gracious restraint' on the part of the Border-Crossing Provinces of GAFCON into the territory of North America, into which they spawned 'ACNA'"

Quite right. And Bp. Minns' outfit has shown no 'gracious restraint' is persuing lawsuits that seek to steal property held in trust for TEC by the Diocese of Virginia. Nor have I heard anything from the ABC in condemnation of said attempted theft, or perhaps it was a very quiet one.

Perhaps we can look forward to a new video game: "Grand Theft Ecclesiastic."

Posted by Cynthia Gilliatt at Thursday, 2 December 2010 at 12:13pm GMT
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