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Anglican Covenant referral lacks balance

17 February 2011


From the Revd Dr Lesley Fellows

Sir, — I would like to express con­cern about the material that has been sent to the dioceses in connec­tion with the referral of the Draft Act of Synod adopting the Anglican Communion Covenant.

I was surprised to find that no credible case against adoption is of­fered. I believe that this is highly ir­regular, and never has such an im­portant matter (designated as Article 8) been referred to diocesan synods without the clear setting out of the case for both sides.

In the present referral document, we merely have a list of some of the points raised in the General Synod debate with points for and against mixed up together. This falls far short of the ideals of justice and the dili­gent pursuit of wisdom con­tained in the Bible, which has in­formed our Anglican tradition.

I would suggest that each diocese will need to rectify this so that a fair and reasoned debate may be undertaken.

Westfields, Church Lane
Bucks HP18 9NU

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