Consider the following two statements alone, which as Andrew observes, follow from the English vote against the covenant:
• The Church of England remains a full member of the Communion.
• Although the CofE’s representatives cannot now participate in decision-making about the covenant within the Instruments of Communion, the Archbishop of Canterbury, as an Instrument rather than a provincial representative, may be able to do so.
Archbishop peter Jensen was surely right when he observed, ages ago, that where radical and decisive action was called for, the Communion was led into vacillation.
I'm also reminded of something someone who moves in more exalted circles in the governance of the Church of England said to me recently: "Liberals believe they are on a roll. They almost have women bishops, they believe the covenant will be defeated. The next item on the agenda is same-sex relationships."
"Here we go, here we go, here we go," anyone?
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