At its 2010 General Synod, the ACoC decided to keep talking about the Anglican Covenant for another three years and make a decision about whether to accept it or not at its 2013 Synod. Now the Council of General Synod had decided to not decide for another three years: the plan is to continue talking until 2016.
For all practical purposes, the Covenant expired when the Church of England rejected it. Perhaps the ACoC didn’t notice or, more likely, in their never ceasing quest to be relevant, ACoC leaders want to continue prodding the corpse to make quite sure it is dead before moving on to less pressing matters such as the theological, financial, numerical and ethical collapse of their own institution.
When it meets this July, the Anglican Church of Canada’s General Synod will not be asked to either accept or reject the proposed Anglican Covenant.
Instead, the governing body will consider a motion that continues the conversation and delays a final decision on the Covenant until the next General Synod in 2016.
[The Covenant is a set of principles recommended by the 2004 Windsor Report as a way of healing relationships severely damaged by divisions over human sexuality among member provinces of the Anglican Communion.]
At its spring meeting, Council of General Synod (CoGS) agreed to recommend that General Synod ask the Anglican Communion Working Group (ACWG) to “monitor continued developments” around the proposed Covenant. It requests that the ACWG render a report to the spring 2016 meeting of CoGS, and directs CoGS “to bring a recommendation regarding the adoption of the Covenant” to the next General Synod in 2016.