Sharp as usual, George Conger presents another seeming folly emanating from the ACO. This time concerning an American who is not an American who has been appointed to ARCIC. Why does Canon Kearon make these proposals and why does ++Rowan agree to them? How do those Americans recently demoted on other commissions feel? Conservatives are not happy, as Conger reports, pointing out an intriguing contradiction in Communion polity. But The Lead is scarcely chirpy about it. Hey, but didn't the Primates' Meeting last week (much lauded by my critics) devolve even more power to the ABC and the ACO? Remember: we get the Communion we deserve.
This ARCIC is in the hands of a good man as chair. None other than Down Under's own Archbishop David Moxon. There are few troubled waters ++David cannot smooth. (The full team is here).
Even ++David, however, will be hard pressed to explain to his Roman counterpart what the topic of this ARCIC, 'The Church as Communion - Local and Universal,' means to Anglicans today. We are not a universal communion. We are forbidding the meetings that might make decisions from making decisions about our communion being renewed. And in ++David's own patch, there is little 'local communion' occurring between tikanga.
I would love to be a fly on the wall of the meeting when one of the Anglicans explains to the Romans how the absenting bishops and primates from recent Communion meetings have absented themselves because they hold views which have more in common with Roman doctrine than with the views held by some Anglican bishops. That is, there is more in common between Rome and the protesting bishops than between Rome and the presenting bishops!
The good thing, then, is that ARCIC might help us Anglicans to engage in some common sense reflection on the state of our communion together, both universally and locally!