BISHOPS’ POWER GRAB HEADINGFOR DEFEAT IN ENGLAND

From THE CHURCH TIMES:

Almost a quarter of C of E dioceses have now voted against the Anglican Covenant. It was debated last weekend by the diocesan synods of Leicester, Portsmouth, Salisbury, and Rochester, and rejected by all of them — in some cases, despite impassioned pleas from bishops.

Just five of 15 English dioceses have so far approved the Covenant, which must be debated by diocesan synods by the end of March. Approval by 23 diocesan synods is required for the Covenant to return to the General Synod. Rejection by 22 dioceses would effectively derail approval of the Covenant by the Church of England.

COMMENT: I won't be remembered for derailing the Anglican Covenant in England, but I know I started it and I even predicted that it would be the laity who would not go for it. My people, I love them.

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BISHOPS’ POWER GRAB HEADINGFOR DEFEAT IN ENGLAND — 8 Comments

  1. Well, you’ll remember me, JCF. And Tracie will. But nobody in the English branch of the No Anglican Covenant campaign ever mentions my initial phone calls to them four years ago when I persuaded them to take the threat seriously and organise. I’m just a liability, you see.

  2. Just a second. I also blogged immediately against the Covenant and went to town on it and the process in 2007 with that Advent Letter. OK, I’m no longer ‘inside’ but I recall you and I as opposing from the off when others gave it room to develop.

    But before the celebrations happen, two have voted in favour. It could be close and it could scrape through – and scraping through will be enough for the bureaucrats, just as just failing will be sufficient to sink it from all but the most creative of re-introductions.