Saturday, 12 March 2011

Left a Bit, Right a Bit

So now we know why the Dublin Primates meeting was a dud, where they talked about how to be primates. Not because they had suddenly given up on the Covenant and discipline, but because they were waiting.

Oy you boys in the Anglican Communion Institute, you were getting worried too quickly!

And one reason for the fact that it did not offer any new schemes for this was that those present were still committed to the Covenant process and had no desire to interrupt the significant discussions of this that are currently going on (as many of you will know, several Provinces have already adopted the Covenant and others are very close to finalising their decision).

...it is also important to recognise that the Primates made no change to their existing commitments to both the Covenant process and the moratoria requests. The purpose of the Dublin meeting was, as I have said, not to offer fresh solutions but to clarify what we believed about our shared purpose and identity as a Primates’ Meeting...

We were all agreed that the Meeting inevitably represented 'unfinished business'...

Those quotes from the letter of the Archbishop to Primates, 11 March, say enough. Ahead with the Covenant! Having dribbled the ball leftwards, he is now saying it could have been - indeed it was being elsewhere - dribbled rightwards.

5 comments:

Lesley said...

Sigh. I'm going to lock myself in a darkened room. Please tell me when it is all over and I can come out again.

Do you think Richard Dawkins appointed Rowan's publicity agent? It is enough to rebirth my belief in the devil!

Pluralist (Adrian Worsfold) said...

Richard Dawkins is a very nice man, and wouldn't do such a thing. He had a very nice chat with Rowan once about the virgin birth, with Dawkins saying to Williams's argument given there, "Well we all like poetry" (or similar).

Robert said...

If you want to know how to be a primate, ask a chimpanzee.

Father Ron Smith said...

Adrian, do you think it possible that TEC and the anglican Church of Canada might be persuaded to join in the covenant process?

Just asking!

Pluralist (Adrian Worsfold) said...

He wants everyone to sign up to the Covenant, so that they all slow down and don't do inclusion at different rates, so that the purple in TEC, Canada and the British Isles go at a speed compatible with Uganda and Kenya - all purple together.

There is no alternative, in his view, and he is the biggest authoritarian in the Communion.