Wednesday, 13 August 2008

And Ireland Indicates No

Or at least the Church of Ireland Gazette says so. The online version has an editorial that reflects back on the Lambeth Conference. The position set out can be done on bullet points:

  • Governance, including defining doctrine, is exercised by bishops, clergy and laity in synod
  • The Lambeth Conference is but a conference and not a synod
  • Conference decisions are not definitive nor binding
  • The Anglican Consultative Council (ACC) is not a synod either
  • No combination of the ACC, the Lambeth Conference and/or Primates' Meeting been authorised to act as a governing synod
  • The Anglican Communion is not, as Rowan Williams has suggested, a Church
  • As a Lambeth Conference, it is appropriate not to have resolutions
  • Had it authority to speak for the Communion, it would have had a resolution passed (especially at such cost)
  • Some current proposals given within the Lambeth Conference suggest a 'global Church' model
  • Given the implications this must be the subject of very careful consideration and scrutiny
  • The chief legislative and administrative body of the Church of Ireland should remain its General Synod

Given that this is the position of many Anglican Churches, the proposals to create in effect an Anglican worldwide Church cannot go forward.

For example, even before a Covenant, the Pastoral Forum, intended to rush into existence, has no authority to intervene anywhere.

The Church of Ireland Gazette is set up from the Irish General Synod but is independent of it regarding its viewpoint. Nevertheless it is a pretty good indicator of where the backbone of the Irish Church is found, and it is the answer no to curtailing autonomy - and probably as a matter of principle concerning other Anglican Churches too.

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