In the last few days I have also come across some interesting views on the governance and organisation of the Anglican Communion espoused by one of our bishops. I wonder if readers can guess which of our bishops has written this:
"It is the duty of all loving members of the Church to submit their own private opinion, in matters indifferent, to the judgement of their brethren ... There need be no servile uniformity, if there be but a recognised authority, which all are willing to obey. The scouts of an army may push on in front, but they must obey the signal of recall when they advance too far. The whole of our Church is interested in obtaining this happy combination of elastic freedom from efficient control. ...
May we not hope that some central authority, elected and obeyed by every member of the whole Anglican communion, may be appointed to exercise this power of controlling inordinate self-will, and zeal not tempered with discretion: saying to the too hasty minds, who claim as lawful, things which are not expedient, 'Thus far thou shalt go, and no further?' "
Unfortunately this particular bishop is not a member of the Christchurch synod and I will not be able to call on him to speak for the Covenant.