Comments: General Synod - Church Times detailed reports

"So I am urging you to suprise those who are looking on, to suprise them by your loyalty to each other: 'is your heart true to mine?' (a quote from John wesley). That loyalty grows and flourishes when we spend time together exploring what has brought us together, which is God".

- Archbishop's Speech to General Synod -

Well, I, for one, was not too surpised by the outcome of the General Synod. With such a speech akin to 'Man the barricades', who could have resisted the urge to allow the Covenant to slide through without anyone taking serious note of the objections made against it?

I conscienciously pray for Archbishop Rowan at each Mass I celebrate. I know he has a deep spirituality, a deep integrity, and a wonderful personal prayer life. At his election as ABC, I, with many others rejoiced: At last, we have a Primus inter pares with a brain and a heart - fit to lead the anglican Communion of Churches into the 21st century! - (we thought)

ALAS! the reactionary forces of institutional homophobia and misogyny have overwhelmed and defeated his better judgement. The problem is, this not only affects the Church of England - but all of us who look to Canterbury for inspiration and leadership. Though we have our very own legal framework as separate and individual Churches, within the 'Bonds of Affection - Anglican Style - we have hitherto tended to follow our instinctual relationship to *Mother Church* - to maintain ties with what we considered to be our 'Founding Catholic and Reformed Heritage'.

However, with the dissentient culture of 'Global South and GAFCON' mentality, we no longer feel we share the ethos of a movement which is moving away from its origins in a 'Unity in Diversity' charism that has been part and parcel of the relationship between us for centuries.

If 'Covenant' means exclusion - in any way - I do not want to be part of that 'Instrument' that would divide us into first and second class membership of the Anglican provenance. I feel very strongly that TEC and the angican Church of canada have exercised a right a proper discern-ment of the need to flee from the culture of hyoposcrisy about the presence of homosexuals in the ministry of the Church. They have acted upon this discernment in their own context - which I believe to be not only Godly but also prudent.

Granted that the Archbishop of Canterbury is NOT to blame for the divisions that have occurred in the Communion Fellowship, this took place when the African Provinces decided to invade the territory of TEC and the A.C.of C. to set up their own faux-churches.

One cannot but be dis-appointed that the ABC has found it necessary to give in to the strident voices of puritanism that emanates from the homophobic strata of the Church. By his own teaching Rowan is, at heart, one of us. Why has he found it necessary to 'Man the Barricades'?

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Sunday, 5 December 2010 at 10:37pm GMT

I think there is something rather nasty about asking people to vote in favor of something to show 'your heart is true to mine'. The only reason anyone ought to vote in favor of anything (especially anything as controversial as the covenant) is because they believe it is right. I would also have thought that especially those in full favor would wish others to come along out of conviction, not as a sign of 'loyalty'.

Posted by Sara MacVane at Monday, 6 December 2010 at 1:09pm GMT
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