The Most Rev David Chillingworth said: “The prize is a global church held together by the richest of aspiration and the most minimal of structure... But we are human — the question is whether we need some structure and some boundaries to help us to live up to that aspiration.”
If a global church is the prize, I'll take what's behind door number two.
If I aspired to be part of a global church there's one down the block. And I've always thought inspiration was more important than aspiration.
Besides, holding something together by aspiration reminds me too much of those Monty Python apartment house blocks built by hypnosis.
I do not think there is, among the members of the Anglican Communion, a common or forceful aspiration towards world-churchdom. If I am mistaken, I await the great groundswell of support for the Anglican Covenant, about which I've seen little enthusiasm apart from a kind of desperate urgency from some quarters.
Tobias Stanislas Haller BSG