November 18, 2010

Simon says...

Simon Sarmiento of Thinking Anglicans writes in the online Guardian "Everyone agrees that the Anglican Communion is in a bit of a mess. Having a covenant will not reduce the mess one jot."

Wise words, and exactly the problem.

The long and the short of it is that people who cannot agree about something will not somehow magically begin to be able to agree because they've signed a document pledging greater devotion to consensus. An engaged couple having problems will not wisely marry, especially if they think marriage is going to solve the problems. The fault, as a wise Englishman observed, is in our selves. Paper or no paper, we have real differences of opinion, and we can try to get along in spite of those differences without a handbook — especially one so open to broadly conflicting interpretations.

Let me put it simply: We can’t even agree on what the Covenant means; so why should we imagine the Covenant will help us come to agreement on anything else?

Tobias Stanislas Haller BSG

3 comments:

SUSAN RUSSELL said...

Bravo. Brilliant. Exactly. Amen. Amen. AMEN!!

JCF said...

An engaged couple having problems will not wisely marry

I was half of that couple, once. ;-p

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To wit:

X: "The problem is Y!"

Y: "The problem is X!"

X&Y sign covenant.

X: "Now you MUST agree the problem is Y!"

Y: "Now you MUST agree the problem is X!"

Problem solved? Logic FAIL.

Fred Schwartz said...

Why do we need to agree? Since when has agreement been the hihest order of religosity? Since when has the elimination of discussion become the number one goal of Jesus Christ as laid out in the gospels? And just where in the gospel (or for that mater the old or new testament) does it say that "love your God with all your mind and soul and body and your neighbor as yourself and agree with the archbishops of GAFCON?