Overnight news, first spotted here by Bosco Peters at Liturgy, is that three English dioceses have voted against the Covenant. With another three voting for, the tally is 15 - 23 (out of 44) meaning that a majority cannot be reached in this GS period (closing 2015) to bring the Covenant to GS for consideration.
Naturally one may be tempted make wild statements so it is important to hear the voice of the Secretary-General of the Anglican Communion who has made a sensible 'keep calm and carry on' statement.
Two quick points before heading off for morning service:
- there is no reason at all for my own diocese not to proceed to its own consideration of the Covenant on 21 April and to make a determination whether as an episcopal unit of the church of God we believe the Covenant is a good thing re being part of the one, holy, catholic and apostolic church or not.
- without the C of E being part of the Covenant process the Covenant is "dead in the water" but that does not mean that supporters should stop believing in its resurrection! Yes, if sufficient other churches join the C of E and reduce possible support below the 80% of the Communion mark I think it is going to be ineffective and unresurrectable. But suppose it turned out that the Cof E, TEC and ACANZP were the only churches rejecting it ... wouldn't these churches in due course reconsider?