Two days ago the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia became the latest part of the global Communion to reject the Anglican Covenant.
Yesterday, the Episcopal Church voted to “decline to take a position on the Anglican Covenant,” and to continue to monitor the progress of the Covenant until the next General Convention in 2015.
The developments follow overwhelming rejection of the Covenant, which critics say will make some people 'second class' Anglicans, by the Episcopal Church in Scotland, and major setbacks in England.
No Anglican Covenant Moderator, the Rev Malcolm French, said in a responsive statement: "The wind has clearly gone out of the sails of the Anglican Covenant. There was not even a single dissenting vote when the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia declared itself unable to adopt the Covenant."
He continued: "While our Coalition would have preferred a clearer 'no' from the Episcopal Church, the resolution passed in Indianapolis is scarcely more than an abstention – and the commitment to 'monitor the ongoing developments' rings hollow when we consider that the same General Convention phased out funding for the Episcopal Church staff position for Anglican Communion affairs. Perhaps they will monitor the situation by following #noanglicancovenant on Twitter."
The next major step in the Covenant process will be at the Anglican Consultative Council meeting in Auckland, New Zealand, this fall.
Mr French added: "We understand that there will be an attempt to introduce a ratification threshold and a sunset date to the Covenant process. Depending on the details, our Coalition is likely to be broadly supportive of both initiatives."
The No Anglican Covenant Coalition is an international group of Anglicans concerned about how the proposed Anglican Covenant would radically change the nature of the Anglican Communion. It campaigns for comprehensive unity within the Church.
* More information: www.noanglicancovenant.org