Readers may recall from our General Synod in May that legal advice was to be sought from the Communion as to the compatibility between the Covenant and the ACC Constitution:
"4. Requests the Standing Committee of the Anglican Communion to obtain an opinion from the Legal Advisor to the Anglican Consultative Council and from the Chancellors and Legal Advisors Committee of this church regarding the appropriateness of the provisions of Clause 4.2.8 of the proposed Covenant in relation to decisions regarding membership of the Anglican Consultative Council;"
According to the ACI and a recent posting there regarding continuing questions, seemingly without adequate answers, about the legal status of the Standing Committee of the Communion, this is where we are at:
"we note that our original paper dealt in large part with the possible incompatibility of the new Articles with the Anglican Covenant now being considered by the member churches. Canon Rees does not even mention the Covenant in his interview, notwithstanding the fact that he has just rendered legal advice to the standing committee in response to a question raised by the province of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia suggesting that the Covenant and ACC constitution are not compatible. This advice has not been made public even as the Covenant is being considered for adoption by the member churches. How can they make an informed decision on adoption when this issue has been addressed by the legal advisor but not all the churches have been informed of the answer?" [my italics]
So, where is that advice and when will we, the hoi polloi of ACANZP find out?
Now, to the north-west of Down Under, Michael Poon joins with ACI in asking questions of Canon Rees. And offers this tantalising comment (noticed on Stand Firm):
"The controversy on the new ACC Constitution may well derail the already difficult processes in the adoption of the Anglican Communion Covenant. Churches in the southern continents may well be tempted to look for more radical alternatives for a more permanent solution to recent Anglican disputes." [my italics]
The thing about Anglicans is that, in the end, we do not like sectarianism in our midst. We crave 'communion'. And we prefer it to be on satisfactory terms!
Sharpen up, team ACO!!