November 14, 2010

Reminds me of something....

It struck me today how one bit of the Anglican Covenant remind me, mutatis mutandis, of the Charter of the United Nations, especially Article 6: 

A Member of the United Nations which has persistently violated the Principles contained in the present Charter may be expelled from the Organization by the General Assembly upon the recommendation of the Security Council.
The evocative and more verbose portion of the AngCov reads:
(4.2.5)   The Standing Committee may request a Church to defer a controversial action. If a Church declines to defer such action, the Standing Committee may recommend to any Instrument of Communion relational consequences which may specify a provisional limitation of participation in, or suspension from, that Instrument until the completion of the process set out below.
(4.2.6)   On the basis of advice received from the Anglican Consultative Council and the Primates' Meeting, the Standing Committee may make a declaration that an action or decision is or would be “incompatible with the Covenant”.
(4.2.7)   On the basis of the advice received, the Standing Committee shall make recommendations as to relational consequences which flow from an action incompatible with the Covenant...
The UN Charter is a bit more direct; still...

TSH

2 comments:

Fred Schwartz said...

The Anglican Communion is far from the United Nations and the Anglican Covenant is not anywhere close to the United Nations Charter. I know at least one of the drafters of the UN Charter and he was head and shoulders above those who wrote the Anglican Covenant both intellectually and spiritually, and he was a Quaker!

David |Dah • veed| said...

One thing that jumped off the page was that once again, here is where they are also, through the back door, trying to make the Primates Meeting more than it is.

I learned something this week I did not realize and I wonder if it is also true in other provinces. The AC in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia canonically only recognizes one Instrument of Communion (Unity), the ABC.