Skip to comments.Half of the Church of England's Dioceses Reject Unity Covenant
Posted on 03/24/2012 6:25:17 PM PDT by marshmallow
The Church of England cannot sign up to a plan aimed at preventing the global Anglican Church from splitting up after half its 44 dioceses voted against it.
The Archbishop of Canterbury backed the Anglican Covenant in a bid to ensure divisive issues - such as gay bishops - did not cause the Communion to split.
A vote by the diocesan synod of Lincoln meant 22 dioceses had opposed the plan.
The covenant had already been rejected by conservative global Church leaders, whom it was intended to placate.
Outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams had said the covenant was about Churches being "accountable to each other in the Communion".
He said the agreement would not give anybody the power to do anything but recommend courses of action.
But critics say the covenant could undermine the traditional independence of the Churches, which together have more than 80 million members.
The idea of a covenant grew out of fears that disagreements over the gay issue between different provinces of the worldwide Anglican Communion would lead to irreconcilable splits in the Church.
The arguments centred on the appointment of bishops in non-celibate gay relationships, and the blessing of same-sex unions, in Anglican churches in the US and Canada.
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More of the same from the c of e. The gay can of worms is open you cannot get them back in the can. Bad news from an historic church going down.
How CAN the Church of England and the Episcopalians even THINK for a nanosecond that non-celebate gay relationships and the blessing of same sex unions constitute ANYTHING but a SIN???
I just don't get it, I guess.
The historic Anglican/Episcopalian churches are bringing themselves down, imploding from within.
The queers, freaks and perverts destroy everything they touch. Pox on them and the enablers and sympathizers who help them.
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