Anglican Covenant

It would make churches more centralised and clerical

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The practical effect would vary from one province to another, as different provinces have different systems of government.

In England, for example, the governing body is General Synod, which is elected every five years and contains three houses, respectively of bishops, clergy and and laity. The House of Bishops has specific rights and responsibilities, but clergy and laity are actively involved in the decision-making. General Synod may not be perfect, but it does aim to be representative and allow a voice to laity. The Covenant would subordinate it to the new centralised authorities, the Standing Committee and the four Instruments of Communion - of which only the Anglican Consultative Council has any lay members on it. Power would in effect be centralised and concentrated in smaller numbers.

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