COVENANT Failure in the Church of England Dioceses

The Secretary General on the Anglican Communion Covenant


Posted On : March 24, 2012 3:58 PM | Posted By : Admin ACO
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In the light of today’s news about the decisions of the dioceses of the Church of England about the Covenant I wanted to clarify the current situation across the Anglican Communion.

In December 2009, as requested by the Standing Committee, I sent the text of The Anglican Communion Covenant to all the Member Churches of the Anglican Communion asking that they consider it for adoption according to their own internal procedures.

I have received notifications from eight Provinces that they have approved, or subscribed, the Covenant or, in the case of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, have approved pending ratification at the next synod which is usual procedure in that Province.

These Provinces are:
The Church of Ireland
The Anglican Church of Mexico
The Church of the Province of Myanmar
The Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea
The Church of the Province of South East Asia
The Anglican Church of Southern Africa
The Anglican Church of the Southern Cone of America
The Church in the Province of the West Indies

What next steps are taken by the Church of England is up to that Province. Consideration of the Covenant continues across the Anglican Communion and this was always expected to be a lengthy process. I look forward to all the reports of progress to date at the ACC-15 in New Zealand in November.

Secretary General of the Anglican Communion Canon Kenneth Kearon


“What next steps are taken by the Church of England is up to that Province. ” – Canon Kenneth Kearon –

It would appear , before one has access to the voting figures on the Acceptance or Rejection of the Covenant process by more Dioceses of the Church of England, that all has not gone well for the promoters of the Covenant.

Where that leaves the Church of England – in its relationship with those Provinces that have already accepted the Covenant –  can only be guessed at. However, by the tone of the sentences (above) extracted from Canon Kearon’s urgent message to the Primates of those Provinces, one can detect a clear ‘ back off’ from anyone pre-empting the future of the Covenant process in the Church of England.

A perhaps even more pressing question is now: “Where does that leave the Church of England in its relationship to those Provinces which have also rejected the Covenant?”

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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