Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Covenant - Response to Critics

This response is well worth a read for those interested in the furore surrounding the "Covenant for the Church of England". It's a response to the criticisms by some of the original authors of the Covenant.


Simon said...

I still don't get it. It sounds like they're trying to solve the problems of the Anglican Communion by having a small group of conservatives come out with a document which details what it means to be a CCE Anglican and, by implication, a non-CCE Anglican - i.e. creating another pointless subdivision between us (the "orthodox") and them (by implication, the heretics). For that reason calling it a "shared basis" is highly disingenuous - it's shared between People Who Think Like Us, and no-one else.

Seriously, what's the point? What are they trying to achieve? Do they honestly think this will help bring people closer together? If not, why are they doing it?

John said...

I know a fair few of the guys who signed it (and some of the people writing critiques).

I honestly think it's mainly a shared expression of exasperation at the actions of a few bishops who seem (to them) to be hindering churches in their dioceses from getting on and proclaiming the good news of Jesus.

I agree that it doesn't especially help bring people closer together. The exception of course is the groups who largely do agree with it (e.g. Reform and New Wine). Not that everyone in either group agrees with it, but a lot do and probably feel closer to each other now than they did before.