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Is this the end? Bishop Gregory Cameron says: “at this stage of the covenant’s life, it didn’t want to link those two things – participation in the covenant with membership of the Instruments of Communion.”

Anglican Journal: Delegates weigh ‘tighter time frame’ for covenant approval process

Canon Kearon said that the membership and participation in the communion of provinces which decided to opt out of the covenant would not be altered, while Bishop Cameron had said, “at the moment, there is no linkage” but added that if 15 or 20 member churches approve the covenant “it might move quite quickly and give it more gravity.”

Asked to clarify, Bishop Cameron said, “we’re talking about a dynamic process … a process which is evolving and there’s no doubt that in the original vision for the covenant, it was envisaged that all the provinces of the communion would sign up to the covenant and that it would govern the life of the Anglican Communion in participation in the instruments of the communion.”

As the covenant process has evolved, said Bishop Cameron, “some have started to ask questions about what happens if others don’t sign up.” He added that it was the view of the Covenant Design Group that “at this stage of the covenant’s life, it didn’t want to link those two things – participation in the covenant with membership of the Instruments of Communion. It wanted to keep the two distinct.”

You’ve got to be kidding. Does this really say what I think it does? ‘No, no don’t worry. If you don’t like the covenant you can still participate in the Instruments of Communion.’ I don’t understand. To quote Denzel Washington: “Try explaining it to me like I’m a five year old.” If I read this correctly what they are saying is that you don’t have to sign up to the Covenant, but you can still participate in the Instruments of Communion (i.e. ACC, communion with the see of Canterbury, Primates Council and the Lambeth Conference).

Can anyone give me a different interpretation of the statement? I hate to say it, but if this isn’t the beginning of the end I don’t know what is….

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One thought on “Is this the end? Bishop Gregory Cameron says: “at this stage of the covenant’s life, it didn’t want to link those two things – participation in the covenant with membership of the Instruments of Communion.”

  1. readsmith says:

    One thing I forgot to mention… If this is really the way that the Covenant is to go then Communion Partners is sunk in the water. They have been constantly supporting the covenant process, as I have though not as vigorously as they. And now, the covenant does not even do what it has to initially do, which is provide the possibility of drawing a line to elicit responses from all the provinces.

    Also, there is a statement I read, I forget where – I think Anglican Mainstream, that in response to a question about how long this entire process will take, the ABC referenced Matthew 18 and ‘seventy times seven.’ In other words, it takes as long as it takes. I agree to a point.

    There is also a particularly relevant passage in Matthew, chapter 25 which points to the fact that there will be an end. Things do not go on indefinitely. Yes it is God who will do the judging, but to reference this passage about forgiveness simply shows how the ABC interprets scripture. Yes we are to forgive. However, the Church is to protect and teach the faith handed down by the apostles. If we are to do this then there will be a time when we forgive, but do not allow it to happen again.

    Have we become so worried about alienating people that our gospel no longer has any teeth?

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