Comments: GS: Affirming Catholicism on the draft Anglican Covenant

Affirming Anglicanism following a politically sensitive - and sensible - via media. Subjecting the draft covenant to a vote of the full Synod would be a valuable safeguard.

Posted by Lapinbizarre at Tuesday, 3 July 2007 at 1:34pm BST

_Dr Chapman’s paper reiterates the movement’s hope that an instrument which creates dialogue and affirms the progressive elements within Anglicanism might provide a way forward._

He'll be lucky. If the Covenant so affirmed the progressive elements, would the likes of Anglican Mainstream/ Reform and those who would walk off find it acceptable? I doubt it. Would even Fulcrum find this just about acceptable? Possibly. But that is the point: what difference would a Covenant make. If it compromises the "dignity of difference" Affirming Catholicism affirms, then are they going to do the same sacrificing of people in order to save an institution (that might disintegrate anyway, regardless of this rescue attempt, given the mood and intentions of some)?

In the end, the same problem is the same problem.

Posted by Pluralist at Tuesday, 3 July 2007 at 2:47pm BST

Alarm is not good enough. It needs throwing out at the first opportunity as wrong in principle (the record is stuck!).

Posted by Neil at Tuesday, 3 July 2007 at 2:53pm BST

Section 6 mandates the Instruments to determine a "common mind" and "common standards of faith", since they alone "carry a moral authority which commands our respect".

A paragraph which "values the role of local Synods, and recognises that episcopal power must be shared with lay people" AND the proposed amendment must be a bare minimum.

My instinct is still with non-covenanters on this.

Posted by Hugh of Lincoln at Wednesday, 4 July 2007 at 9:56pm BST

A covenant already exists - and it is called Scripture. An attempt to say we can be in union, 'we' being those who adhere to the original Covenant of Scripture, and those who do not, is patently false on its face, and will fail. Paul warns about those who listen to fables.

Posted by Paul at Saturday, 14 July 2007 at 5:17pm BST
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