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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Updated voting statistics

Six more Church of England dioceses voted on the Anglican Covenant today. Two voted to support it and four voted against, bringing the total to 10 for and 17 against. If a majority of the dioceses (23 of 44) vote for the Covenant, the motion to adopt it will return to the General Synod in July. If at least half (22) vote against, the motion to adopt cannot return to General Synod in the current quinquennium.

Across all 27 dioceses, the votes by houses look like this:

Bishops: 82.0% for, 10.0% against, 8.0% abstentions
Clergy: 44.6% for, 50.8% against, 4.7% abstentions
Laity: 50.1% for, 45.2% against,  4.7% abstentions

Comparing against last week's figures, one can see that support is dropping in all houses, opposition is growing, and confidence is growing (judging by the declining number of abstentions) except in the House of Bishops.

The bishops seem very much out of touch with the rest of the Church. Clergy and laity are almost evenly split for/against. It's clear that the arguments for the Covenant are not convincing at all. The clergy are decidedly against, and the laity hardly overwhelmingly for.

Overall: 48.4% for, 46.8% against, 4.8% abstentions
Overall (clergy and laity only): 47.6% for, 47.7% against, 4.7% abstentions

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Blogger Concerned Anglican said...

How can the Covenant possibly be a force for unity and reconciliation with voting figures like this? It is a recipe for schism on the grand scale.

Rowan Williams please leave it be now and let us all remain more or less in communion. Please don't make us constitutionally and permanently divided wit this mad idea.

March 10, 2012 at 7:08 PM  
Blogger June Butler said...

Alan, thanks for doing the math.

Concerned Anglican, I agree, but Rowan and the vote will go on for now. Even if the votes in favor reach the magic number of 23, there is no consensus for the covenant in the Church of Entland.

March 10, 2012 at 8:23 PM  
Blogger June Butler said...

That would be 'England'.

March 10, 2012 at 8:24 PM  
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