Ruth Gledhill: Anglican ‘Holy Office’ . . . extraordinarily like the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

Ruth Gledhill writes in Times Online:

The second observations document of the Windsor Continuation Group has just dropped. (Update: Anglican Mainstream now has the text online.) It gives more detail of the Principles of Canon Law Project, which we wrote about earlier and which is being talked of by primates as the ‘Fifth Instrument of Communion’. I am told it will not be so much a Catholic-style ‘Code of Canon Law’ as a ‘blueprint’ of Canon Law. However, comparisons with the Roman Church will become even more inevitable because of another plan, to set up a new Faith and Order Commission.

This sounds extraordinarily like the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The WCG observations document says it will ‘give guidance on the ecclesiological issues raised by our current crisis.’ The CDF was of course formerly the Holy Office, or the Inquisition. Read also David Virtue on the rival ‘Global South’ movement which has the backing of the Archbishop of Canterbury and which gives an indication of the growing divisions within the conservative camp. (What I want to know now is, exactly which camp is Virtue in…?)

So what does the content of this WGC document mean?

It means that the people in charge of this process have at last realised, perhaps thanks to Gafcon, that the African provinces who are boycotting Lambeth are serious. There is a desperation to keep them on board to prevent the Church from splitting.

Ruth Gledhill – Times Online – WBLG: Lambeth Diary: Anglican ‘Holy Office’

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