February 7, 2011
Commentators are trying to get to grips with what, if anything, was the result of the recent meeting of Primates in Dublin. It seems that on one hand, the independence of the various provinces of the Communion was affirmed by the Primates, whole on the other, the governance of whatever constitutes ‘The Communion’ was centralized in and through Lambeth Palace and The Anglican Communion Office. You can read more about it at the Thinking Anglicans website.
To the degree that all this is somewhat incoherent seems to me to stem from a tension between those who share a vision for our working out what it means to be a Catholic Communion in which when push comes to shove, staying in some kind of relationship around the Lord’s Table and allowing that relationship to shape doctrine is more important than requiring assent to certain hierarchically ordained doctrines as the price of admission to the Table. I continue to think that those who want the latter have a perfectly good option with the Romans.