Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Faith and Order: careful comparison

Mark Harris of Preludium has posted again on Anglican Faith and Order, this time offering a very helpful comparison of Anglican statements on 'faith and order', including the Covenant.

The further note I add here is to cite this from 1930 Lambeth Conference resolution 49,

"they are bound together not by a central legislative and executive authority, but by mutual loyalty sustained through the common counsel of the bishops in conference".

Somewhere in Anglican understanding of 'faith and order' is the common counsel of the bishops in conference. In my view what has been driving forward Anglican Communion responses to the events of 2003 and 2010 has been the common counsel of Lambeth 1998, a driving through which has included the Windsor Report, Primates' Communiques, the formulation of the Covenant, and now the Pentecost Letter and subsequent action.

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