++Fred Hiltz, the Primate of Canada, speaking about the recent Primates' Meeting, is candid. Good. But I cannot find one sign in this interview of actual leadership by the primates on the matter of the absentee primates. They were missed, they will be talked with, but not one whit of resolution comes from the meeting, neither formally in the published statements, nor informally in ++Fred's insights into the meeting, which attempts to lead the Communion beyond the impasse. No leadership. Nothing will change. Do not expect better attendance at the next meeting.
The Communion is not in good shape and the primates, effectively, have done nothing about that. If the primates, in collusion with ABC, are so willing to skew the purposes of their meeting around to doing nothing save for reviewing what their meeting is all about, that leaves, oh, the ACO, the Standing Committee, and the ACC to do something about securing 100% attendance at the next Lambeth Conference. Yeah, right. Rome is burning and they have decided their job is to fiddle not to fight the fire.
In their eagerness to get back to first principles concerning what they are not meant to do, they seem to have overlooked the fact that no one else is going to fight the fire.
Speaking of primates, our three archbishops have published a statement about recent sad events in Uganda. Thankfully Hilary Rodham Clinton has shown some leadership on this issue which the archbishops have been able to incorporate into their statement. I cannot recall which of our three tikanga she belongs to ...
Of course if it turned out that some statements in this world can be both true and helpful from beyond our tikanga, there is a good argument for the Anglican Covenant to be adopted by our church as a true and helpful statement beyond our three tikanga.
Speaking of the Covenant, that is another thing the primates did not speak of.