It might mean that words are a waste of time. It might mean that the potential speakers have left the building for another event. It might mean that people are too busy working on greater priorities. It might mean just about anything other than 'consent'.
Thus I just do not buy the emerging line I am reading on the internet that the quietness being observed over the consecration of a partnered lesbian to the TEC episcopal bench is a sign that the Communion is now accepting of the previously unacceptable, or that the "liberals" have "won".
I think it means that the cracks in the Communion are cracks in the Communion and no (potential) protester thinks that talking across the cracks is going to undo them any time soon.
It's not as though any pulpit or altar currently denied to +Gene these last seven years is going to be opened to +Mary.
Nor that the seepage of conservatives away from TEC is going to be reversed.