Sunday, November 28, 2010

Covenant faces opposition from the right as well as the left

From The Examiner-

On Nov. 24th, the General Synod voted in favor of the Anglican covenant process and sent it on to the dioceses. It was passed by the synod’s houses of bishops, clergy, and laity. The draft was passed following a 3-hour debate where section 4, which sets up the process for resolving disagreements between communion members, remains the focus of controversy. While voting for the covenant, many still worried about the disputed components.

As soon as the draft passed, however, the anti-homosexual Primates Council of Global Anglican Future Conference/Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans GAFCON/FCA issued a statement that they would not support the covenant because the wording was fatally flawed. The covenant had been created to assure the conservatives that the Church of England was looking out for their interests, but members of GAFCON remained sceptical:

For the sake of Christ and of His Gospel we can no longer maintain the illusion of normalcy and so we join with other Primates from the Global South in declaring that we will not be present at the next Primates’ meeting to be held in Ireland. And while we acknowledge that the efforts to heal our brokenness through the introduction of an Anglican Covenant were well intentioned we have come to the conclusion the current text is fatally flawed and so support for this initiative is no longer appropriate.

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