Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch opposes Anglican Covenant

News from the No Anglican Covenant Coalition:

COALITION ANNOUNCES PROFESSOR DIARMAID MacCULLOCHAS PATRONLONDON – The Revd Dr Lesley Crawley, Moderator of the No Anglican Covenant Coalition, has announced the appointment of Oxford University Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch, DD, as a Patron of the Coalition. Professor MacCulloch joins the Rt Revd Dr John Saxbee and the Rt Rev Dr Peter Selby, who were appointed last June.

“I’m thrilled that Professor MacCulloch has agreed to accept this appointment,” said Crawley. “As one of the acknowledged experts in the English Reformation, he has a very clear understanding of how the centralization of authority in the proposed Anglican Covenant is at odds with fundamental Anglican ecclesiology.”

Anglicanism was born in the Reformation’s rejection of an unwarranted and unhistorical over-centralization of ecclesiastical authority,” according to Professor MacCulloch. “This pernicious proposal of a Covenant (an unhappy choice of name if you know anything about our Church’s history) ignores the Anglican Communion’s past, and seeks to gridlock the Anglican present at the cost of a truly Anglican future.”

MacCulloch is Professor of the History of the Church, and Fellow of St Cross College, in the University of Oxford. He is also a Fellow of the British Academy and co-edits the Journal of Ecclesiastical History. He has written several books on Christian history and the English Reformation, including the award winning Thomas Cranmer: A Life and The Reformation: A History. His most recent book, A History of Christianity: the First Three Thousand Years, won the 2011 Cundill Prize. He devised and presented the BBC television series based on that work. MacCulloch received a knighthood earlier this year for his services to scholarship.
The No Anglican Covenant Coalition is an international group of Anglicans concerned about how the proposed Anglican Covenant will radically change the nature of the Anglican Communion.

The Revd Dr Lesley Crawley (England)
Dr Lionel Deimel (USA)
The Revd Malcolm French (Canada)
The Revd Lawrence Kimberley (New Zealand)
The Revd Canon Hugh Magee (Scotland)

 Posted by Ann Fontaine on January 31, 2012 


I am indebted (once again) to the TEC site ‘Episcopal Cafe’ for this article by Ann Fontaine, reporting the appointment of Dr. McCulloch, renowned Lecturer on Church History at Oxford University, as a Patron of the ‘No Covenant Coalition’ movement in the Anglican Communion. He joins two retired English Bishops: Dr. John Saxbee & Dr.Peter Selby, both of whom were appointed Patrons of the coalition in June 2011.

Regarding the two English Bishops on the list of Patrons, is has to be noted that they are both retired but active in the Church of England. Both have been pro-active in the movement towards the acceptance of the LGBT community as part and parcel of the make-up of the life, witness and ministry of the Church. It is probably for this reason that they – and Professor McCulloch – are against the idea of establishing the proposed Anglican Covenant, which would enforce restrictions on Communion Churches that would militate against the inclusion of Gay Clergy and Bishops within the Communion.

Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand

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Retired Anglican priest, living in Christchurch, New Zealand. Ardent supporter of LGBT Community, and blogger on 'Thinking Anglicans UK' site. Theology: liberal, Anglo-Catholic & traditional. regarding each person as a unique expression of Christ, and therefore lovable.
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3 Responses to Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch opposes Anglican Covenant

  1. Small point Ron, but the piece is a news release from the No Anglican Covenant Coalition which Ann posted at Episcopal Café.

    • Thanks, Malcolm for that corerection. Its important to quote the real source. I’m sorry, I should have understood that important point. Onlookers to my blog will see this correction, thank Goodness.

      Keep up the good work. Great to have Diarmaid on the team.

  2. Bosco Peters says:

    Good, Fr Ron, to see our local Fr Lawrence as one of the people making this announcement. I particularly liked the aside about the term “Covenant” – and myself put it in scare quotes whenever I remember.



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