Well, here it is, the Archbishop of Canterbury's message to the Global South Encounter 4 meeting in Singapore. He could not go, it is said, because of scheduling difficulties. So he sent this message. As "It's Margaret" points out, about 8 minutes into this speech it all becomes clear. The election of Mary Glasspool as bishop and the consents of the dioceses to that was a naughty thing to do, messes up the life of the Communion, has consequences, and the ABC is talking to people about what to do next. Read the whole of her article on all this mess, reflected in the light of say, the miserable business of "don't go near the woman" in Exodus.
So here is what the Archbishop had to say. Along about minute 8 he says this:
"But of course we are reflecting on the need for a covenant in the light of confusion, brokenness and tension within our Anglican family – a brokenness and a tension that has been made still more acute by recent decisions in some of our Provinces. In all your minds there will be questions around the election and consecration of Mary Glasspool in Los Angeles. All of us share the concern that in this decision and action the Episcopal Church has deepened the divide between itself and the rest of the Anglican family. And as I speak to you now, I am in discussion with a number of people around the world about what consequences might follow from that decision, and how we express the sense that most Anglicans will want to express, that this decision cannot speak for our common mind."
It is not even that the ABC says what is true, that "this decision does not speak for our common mind." He says "this decision cannot speak for our common mind." The first is perhaps the fact. The second is a rather large extension of the fact into the future.
Here is a nice man, a good and holy man, caving in. And the cave in is only the start to a capitulation to come. Next we wil hear about a Primates meeting without TEC and ACoC, approved of and called by the ABC. There's a bet. Any takers?
Here is the full statement.