Bruce Kaye, former General Secretary of the Anglican Church of Australia, editor of the Journal of Anglican Studies, knows about as much about the Anglican Communion as anyone, certainly more than I do. He is not at all keen on the Covenant, having created a blog World Anglicanism Forum to set forward his critique via a succession of posts. I am not convinced by his arguments - though it is also possible that I do not understand their profoundity. His latest post is plainly titled, THE FINAL TEXT OF THE COVENANT IS STILL AN INADEQUATE RESPONSE TO THE CONFLICT IN THE ANGLICAN COMMUNION. No ambiguity there!
However I am with Bruce on this point:
"12. The real issue is what kind of connection and commonality is appropriate to this kind of fellowship of churches, and in that context what is the appropriate way to deal with conflict between the member churches."
If 'Communion' means (say) a discussion forum or informal network or social club of churches with historic ties to the Church of England then the means of dealing with conflict is going to be different to the situation where 'Communion' means mutually interdependent churches open to being drawn ever closer into a true union of the body of Christ, that is, to being a worldwide church. As I read across the blogosphere such a progressive) view of the Anglican Communion's journey is less likely to be shared by liberals and more likely to be shared by Anglo-Catholics and evangelicals entranced by Paul's theology of unity in Ephesians.
I commend Bruce's posts to all readers of Anglican Down Under. He is, after all, a fellow beneficiary of life Down Under (well, the diminished version of it, you know, over the Tasman ...)