Reasons to vote for/against the Covenant, by Paul Bagshaw, ¨Not the same stream¨
The Anglican Communion Covenant: ¨..the enemy within is more dangerous than the enemy without so any confessional statement is simultaneously intended to unite and divide¨
What is the Covenant supposed to solve?
It will hardly come as a surprise to anyone reading this that I really don't like the Covenant. More than that, I think it is profoundly misguided, a denial of so much that is precious in the Anglican tradition that we have inherited, and a pitiful response to the deep divisions of the Church. HERE
Vote for/against the Covenant (a daily series of arguments) HERE
Argument for Saturday, November 20, 2010
|Dr. Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury|
Oddly, this is the most frequently stated reason that I've heard for voting for the Covenant. It seems to be said most often by people who aren't very happy with the Covenant themselves but think they ought to vote for it.
It's a very difficult stance to argue against. I am all in favour of loyalty, respect, affection, regard. It is also true that the sustained judgement of leaders in any organization should weigh heavily in any corporate decision making. (Certainly more heavily than a bloggers'.)
But at the same time members of any governing body are there to exercise their own judgement, to weigh all the factors - evidence, judgement, loyalties, consequences - and to make a decision accordingly.
Vote against the Covenant
So - no arguments, just a request - please vote for the Covenant if you are convinced that, on the balance of probabilities, the Covenant will be good for the Communion.
Please vote against the Covenant if you are unhappy with it, worried about its implications or feel that there needs to be more time to consider it properly before it's brought to the Synod.
And, if you don't know, or if you are unhappy about the Covenant but do not wish to cast a vote against the Archbishop, please abstain.
Vote against the Covenant.HERE
(cartoon and emphasis added by Leonardo Ricardo)
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