The Covenant will help reduce the chance of future conflicts, manage them when they do arise, and limit the damage they can do.Vote against the Covenant - any day.
No. It won't:
Vote against the Covenant.
- The Covenant is meant to end the present conflict. It was designed to do so by creating the formal capacity to expel The Episcopal Church in the US and the Anglican Church in Canada from the Communion altogether. It was meant to end the war by building a bigger weapon.
- Therefore, if implemented, the Covenant can be used in the same way again against some other Church. It won't resolving a crisis or limit the damage. It will increase the chances of further splits.
- The Covenant mechanisms are actually likely to magnify disputes. Because the ultimate decision will be made by the Standing Committee of the Communion (with advice from the ACC and the Primates' Meeting) the temptation for those convinced of someone else's error will be to take an issue to an international level as soon as possible. If you make a weapon someone will use it.
- And, finally, fundamental disputes of the scale and depth of the one we are still going through will always overwhelm any structure that could be put in place.