Question: Regarding Archbishop Rowan Williams’ Pentecost letter, does it only apply if synod or the HOB takes a position to break one of the moratoria or does it apply if dioceses, as we have seen in the ACoC, decide on their own to conduct same-sex blessings.
Answer: On the surface, the breaking of one of the moratoria has to be a formal breaking by a vote. However, I believe that this is a complex question and the question of what will happen to a diocese that repeatedly breaks one of the moratoria, even if it hasn’t been formally broken, is still an open one.
Question: Anglican unity is important but in the current situation it seems to have assumed an importance far above the issues that threaten unity. Can unity be maintained if the underlying problems are not addressed.
Answer: Yes unity is important, but I don’t think we have placed it at a higher priority than the other issues facing the church. These issues are being addressed, but the church makes decisions slowly. I think we are willing to hold to unity while they are addressed.
Question: will the Covenant solve anything? Is it too late? The ACoC is going away for 3 years to study the Covenant – will it all be over by then? Will the Global South wait?
Answer: Anglican decision making takes time; things are not disintegrating – there is a will to stay together. The Global South is not a homogeneous entity and the outcome of the South to South encounter showed clearly that to many in the Global South, the Anglican Communion is tremendously important. They will not do anything to jeopardise it.
Question: There appears to be a perception of moral equivalency between the moratoria: for example cross border intervention and SSBs. Is that how it is viewed?
Answer: No, there is not a moral equivalency, but they are equally destructive.
My impression of the Secretary General is that he is a charming, smooth man, adept at making a difficult situation appear less dire than it really is. The fact that he was invited to speak at GS2010 at all is significant in that it demonstrated an alliance between Canterbury and the ACoC that is clearly lacking with the ACNA; whether that matters is a question of opinion. Merely my personal impression, of course – David.