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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Yes to the Covenant!

Today the No Anglican Covenant Coalition welcomes a new participant in the debate about the proposed Anglican Covenant. Yes to the Covenant has launched a new website which promises to offer some pro-Covenant analysis and argument.

Obviously, it is early days in the Yes to the Covenant campaign, so we will give them some time to set forth any arguments they might have with reference to the actual Covenant text before responding at length to their preliminary and skeletal website. For nearly a year and a half we have been calling like a voice in the wilderness for logical, reasoned arguments as to why the Covenant should be adopted (with reference to the actual text) and we look forward to a response to our plea at long last.

We commend the authors of Yes to the Covenant (both of them) for the promise of things to come and look forward at long last to engaging in reasoned debate about the merits of the proposed Anglican Covenant.



Blogger June Butler said...

Alan, I'm pleased you included your parenthetical comment about reference to the text. Proponents of the Anglican Covenant so seldom quote the text of the document in their arguments in favor, and I've wondered why.

February 22, 2012 at 2:31 PM  
Blogger Bishop Alan Wilson said...

Like you, I'm still waiting. The point I really need reassurance on is about the nature of unity it implies — a quasi diplomatic stitch-up imposed from outside, even if it works, is a poor substitute for, and could undermine the growth of the unity that grows from within, when I recognise Christ in the other person, different as they are. All I've heard so far is generalised waffle about the desirability of its aims, with which its hard to disagree. Turn to the specifics and the silence is intense. Secondly, having just come back from an educational development visit to a project in Andhra Pradesh, I wonder how imposing a more C of E profile on the Church of South India can be done without undermining its emergent ecumenical identity since 1947. I also wonder about the fate of New Zealand, where they can;t sun up now. Are they second speed Anglicans? Apparently not. So what difference does it make anyway not to sign?

February 25, 2012 at 8:13 AM  
Blogger JimB said...

Bishop, New Zealand is not "second tier" yet. One need only read the comments from GafCon, and others who seek to make it clear Americans and Canadians are second, or perhaps third tier to understand why. But, reading those same people will lead you to realize that those who have women in their clerical ranks are the second round targets.

Were I in New Zealand I would be recalling that sooner or later they come for me.


February 26, 2012 at 2:56 PM  
Blogger Alan T Perry said...

I think the kind of unity the Covenant aims at is the illusory kind that we get when we have mechanisms to exclude people who say or do things that we don't like. The claim is that the Covenant is about keeping people at the table, but the mechanism for doing so is to "raise a question" and then require them to stop saying or doing the controversial thing as the price of being permitted to stay at the table.

True unity is a gift of God given as the grace to stay together with all of our differences.

February 27, 2012 at 2:32 AM  
Blogger Father Ron said...

One cannot help wondering why, when GAFCON have declared they will not sign up to the Covenant, the ACO is still pressing for it. I understand that objection about TEC and the Anglican Church of Canada were the main reason GAFCON withdrew from the 'Instruments of Communion'. Why, then, do the rest of us non-GAFCONers need a Covenant - other than the one we have which is in Jesus Christ?

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