Bishops back No Anglican Covenant campaign

Press release

Bishop Saxbee blessing the gritters in the hope
of reducing the number of crashes. Exactly. (Story here)
The Right Reverend Dr John Saxbee and the Right Reverend Dr Peter Selby have been appointed Episcopal Patrons of the international No Anglican Covenant Coalition.

“The Anglican Communion doesn’t need a Covenant because Anglicanism is a Covenant, predicated
on grace and goodwill,” Dr Saxbee said. “If there is grace and goodwill, a Covenant is unnecessary.

If there is no grace or goodwill, a Covenant will be unavailing.” Dr Saxbee was Bishop of Lincoln from
2001 until his retirement in January of this year.

Bishop Peter Selby
Dr Selby, Bishop of Worcester from 1997 to 2007, has been a supporter of the Coalition since its launch last November. “This proposed Covenant is not the solution to the tensions in the Anglican Communion,” he said. “It will inevitably create a litigious Communion where every serious disagreement will become a possible occasion to seek a province’s exclusion.”

“More and more questions are being raised about the potential pitfalls of the proposed Anglican Covenant,” said the Reverend Dr Lesley Fellows, Moderator of the No Anglican Covenant Coalition.

“We have consistently seen that support for the Covenant tends to collapse in the face of full and fair discussion and analysis. We are very pleased to welcome Bishops Selby and Saxbee as our first Episcopal Patrons. They are well respected in the Church of England and throughout the Anglican Communion. We expect that their views on the Covenant will persuade many more people to take a harder look at the risks inherent in this radical proposal.”


  1. Glad to see that they are standing up for common sense. These bishops are both associated with 'Modern Church' as a previous president (Selby) and a present one (Saxbee).

    I think that a number of other bishops would also come out against the Covenant if they weren't still serving and reluctant to oppose Rowan William's pet but deeply flawed scheme.

  2. Great news. More needed though if the voice of reason is to be heard.