A proposed deal to hold the worldwide Anglican Communion together amid divisions over homosexuality and same-sex unions appears to be in tatters after the mother church, the Church of England, voted to reject it.
Analysts said the Church’s decision effectively derailed the adoption of the pact throughout the Communion, a loose family of 38 national and regional churches, and raised questions about whether the Christian alliance could stay united.
A majority of the Church of England’s 44 dioceses had decided against the landmark “Anglican Covenant” pact, campaigners against the agreement said.
“With today’s results … the proposed Anglican Covenant is now dead in the water in the Church of England. This also poses serious problems for the covenant in other provinces (member churches),” said Lesley Crawley, an English priest and moderator of the No Anglican Covenant Coalition.