Kiss the Anglican Communion good-bye.
If Rowan Williams is behind this – and he is – I seriously doubt any reasonable hope remains of keeping the Anglican Communion together save the Queen asking him to step down, which I don’t expect.
Up to now, the Global South clergy could say the embrace of homosexuality in the Anglican Communion was confined mainly to errant North American dioceses. And they declared communion with those dioceses broken or impaired.
But what are they to do now? Rowan Williams has put them in a position where they will see little choice but to disassociate themselves from the Archbishop of Canterbury and therefore from the Anglican Communion. Otherwise, Global South clergy will no longer have any credible answer to those in their dioceses who say they are aligned with sin.
Even putting aside the morals of this matter, this is an incredibly stupid move by the Archbishop. But if there is to be a split in the Anglican Communion, at least this will speed it along.
There hasn’t been a lot of fallout yet, but it’s coming. Oh, it’s coming.
By the way, for what it’s worth, except for ++Peter Carnley, the Panel of Reference STILL has not been named. We see where ++Rowan’s priorities lie.