Comments: Anglican Covenant: call for fair process and honest debate

This would seem to be a fair comment by 'No Covenant'. We in New Zealand, for instance, have already asked for a clarification of the legal ramifications of Section 4 - in terms of their power to exclude Provinces on account of their openness to provincial initiatives on same-sex blessings and the ordination of homosexuals.

Is the pressure from GAFCON going to nullify the initiatives of TEC and the Anglican Church of Canada - towards the inclusion of LGBTs within the Church - in assessing the disciplinary ethos of the Covenant Process? This is one question which will need to be clarified before the more liberal Provinces of the Communion could assent to the covenant Process.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Monday, 28 February 2011 at 10:02pm GMT

What are the chances of a fair and honest debate taking place?

Posted by Lois Keen at Monday, 28 February 2011 at 10:44pm GMT

@Lois - I fear that the chances are two-thirds of four-fifths of bugger all - but we live in hope.

Posted by Malcolm French+ at Tuesday, 1 March 2011 at 9:11pm GMT

The Covenant as it now has been finalized will simply exchange traditional/customary Anglicanism, rooted in that familiar access to scripture plus tradition plus reason, into a Flat Earth Society. Period. Alas, Lord have mercy. How ironic that Rowan Williams should be presiding over just such a transformation of global Anglican provincial church life? If it passes, I shall be pleased not to be included - there are lots of things that believers can stand for, vividly, but a flat earth when it comes to queer folks, women, and global Anglican life - these are transient and flimsy divisions upon which to erect such a Covenant. Worse, it functions to hide the individual and communal bad ethics involved in all the categorically antigay stuff. Covenant=Anglican=Ichabod. The Glory has departed. Elvis of God is not longer in the building.

Posted by drdanfee at Monday, 7 March 2011 at 10:31pm GMT
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