Feb 19, 2012

¨THE ARCHITECT´S MANIFESTO¨: Archbishop Drexel Gomez and The Anglican Covenant

Archbishop Drexel Gomez,  Primate of the West Indies (retired) and chair of the Anglican Covenant Design Group
¨Drexel Gomez was not chosen to chair the Covenant Design Group as a neutral chair. His views of the present and future of the Communion were well known and the Archbishop of Canterbury must have chosen him with this in mind Paul Bagshaw HERE

¨In 2001 Drexel Gomez co-edited with Maurice Sinclair  HERE(wikipedia) a short book called To Mend the Net: Anglican Faith and Order for Renewed Mission. It was published by The Ekklesia Society. HERE

Please note the date: 2001. Two years before Gene Robinson (wikipedia) HERE

To Mend the Net is a collection of essays with a conservative prescription for the reform of the Anglican Communion. It is not available on the net.

(References below are to paragraph numbers)

The editors' focus was on The Episcopal Church's disregard of the Lambeth 1.10 resolution on sexuality, TEC's decision to monitor progress towards women's ordination in all dioceses, and the equal valuing of marriage and non-marital sexual relations within the Church (1.8) though the valuation of homosexuality within the church was their particular horror (1.6).

Amongst other things the book prescribes:

'Enhanced Responsibility' for the Primates' Meeting ( Lambeth Conference 1998-3-6). This was central to the book's programme. (1.2)

The 'need to be clear what kind of new practices can be accepted into a process of open reception, how necessary openness can be guaranteed, and how a proper collegiality among Anglican bishops can be restored when it is eroded or broken' (1.8)

'Some may be tempted to imagine that democratic structures linked with democratic values will sole our problems. Instead ...' [we choose] 'truth and holiness of life' 'We want to allow the authoritative Scriptures to speak into and redeem our Church and our world and we refuse to relativise or domesticate the Word of God.' (1.10) (See an earlier post, A Richer Covenant)

They claimed no brief to put a legislative structure above Provinces, but espoused 'the exercise of a form of political authority at the international level.' (1.11)

'Genuine collegiality will normally require a minority to respect decisions supported by a majority of Primates.' Experiment in 'doctrine, discipline or ethics' would need 'a consensus or a very substantial majority of Primates' (2.2)

The Exercise of Enhanced Responsibility was summarised as:

Self Examination led by Primates' personal example (3.1)

Education: promoted by Primates who should also 'specify the limits of diversity and the frame of reference of provincial autonomy.' (3.2)

Advanced Sharing: especially sharing initiatives with one another in advance of implementation (3.3)

Preparation of Guidelines: if a significant minority of Primates disagree with the proposed initiative it should not proceed. If such advice is ignored then 'guidelines' should 'address the situation created and identify its remedy.' (3.4)

Godly Admonition: the 'guidelines' would be sent to the errant province or diocese [to address the issue of 'local' action allowed but not authorized by a Province] for approval and acceptance. 'This step would be taken with a very positive intent.' (3.5)

Observer status: if the admonition was not heeded the Archbishop of Canterbury would demote the recalcitrant body from member to observer on international Anglican bodies. (3.6)

Continuing Evangelization: the Archbishop of Canterbury would also be asked to authorize 'appropriate means of evangelization, pastoral care and episcopal oversight' of the offending body. (3.7)

New Jurisdiction: And if resistance continued the Archbishop of Canterbury would be advised how to set up a new jurisdiction to replace the offending body as the legitimate Anglican entity in that geographical area. (3.8) The 'intransigent body' would be suspended. (3.8)

Primates' Commission: a standing commission to assist the Archbishop of Canterbury would be established 'to the furtherance of priorities in mission and the re-ordering in cases of disorder.' (3.9)

What remains in the Covenant? ...please read it all, By Paul Bagshaw, HERE

Note:  Emphasis added by Leonardo Ricardo

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rwattonville said...

This Religion of Legalism is NOT Christ's religion. This intellectual rabbit hole gives me a headache. Love is simple.

Leonardo Ricardo said...

One of the more unfortunate aspects of manifesto author Gomez is that he was longtime Primate of the West Indies where Jamaica is well-noted for being the LGBT hate capital of the Western Hemisphere. This sad man wanders about the world creating for demonination of LGBT people (both directly and by ¨covenant¨) who are dying, literally in the streets, at home. The man is not a ¨intellectual¨ spiritual man, he is a deadly superstitous fool!