I found this line instructive:
"The committee also noted that the President, Chair, and Vice-Chair all hold their offices other than as representatives of their Provinces."
If thy have no representative function and have somehow become dislocated from the Church that pays them - What are they doing on that Committee?! We know what bullet they are trying to dodge, but they will have to come up with something a little better than that.
Something the ACO DID do well was the election of the rep for the Committee choosing the next ABC.
Over at Fulcrum that sweet boy Andrew Goddard has written an even more turgid piece than usual admitting he is very grumpy because Barry Morgan of Wales was the winner.
"Theologian and writer" Goddard pores over the details of the process that led to this calamity and (one gets the impression rather ruefully) has to announce that it was all done properly!
I'm afraid that doesn't stop Andrew from making the usual nasty comments on what has happened up to now and throw in a few unhelpful "Well it shouldn't have happened like that ... " "People should have been better informed ...." obviously aimed at making those presently discontented even more so.
At one point early in his moan Andrew says:
"as someone who has probably an unhealthy interest in both electoral processes and the Anglican Communion ...." Ah! If he had only read that again - and stopped!
Also notable is the fact that the Malaysian lawyer who called for TEC to be expelled bad farewell to the Standing Committee.
So long as the incumbent Archbishop of Canterbury remains in office, there will be no official acknowledgement from the Church of England that his centralizing scheme has been rejected.
'An implication of the first paragraph is that the Church of England has not yet notified the Secretary General that the covenant was defeated in the dioceses.'
This says everything! Closing one's eyes to reality is not a good sign for the actuality of rejection of the Covenant process. Does the Church of England's rejection mean nothing to the ACO and the ACC?
Maybe the HoB will ignore the voting and reinstate the Covenant again. Why not ? Look how the bishops have ignored and over-turned the Diocesan voting on women in the episcopate.
The Church of England bishops are becoming less and less credible. The fanciful notion of 'apostolic succession' has turned their corporate heads.
They 're not as good as they seem to imagine themselves to be.
To be precise: the Church of England has not formally rejected the Covenant -- there has been no vote against it, no vote to reject it. What has happened is that there has failed to be a vote in favour of it.
No one was asked to reject it, we were asked to approve it and we refused to do so.
Does that mean, Simon, that the Measure could have been approved in some other format? Like, for instance, with no disciplinary element against Provinces that pursue the gospel in a way considered by them to be suitable for their own context?
The "No' to the covenant sounded a teeny bit like a rejection of it - to me, a simpleton.
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