Each province of the Anglican Communion is autonomous because there is no central authority uniting them. Adopting the covenant would mean the church would need to amend its constitution and canons, said Paul Valliere, a professor of religion at Butler University and an Episcopalian.
“As beautiful as the idea is of a united, global Anglicanism, it’s probably an unworkable ideal,” Theusen said.
A report prepared for the convention by the key House of Deputies Committee said the church’s angst about the inter-Anglican Communion and other issues “appears to be easing.”
Valliere said he disagrees with that assessment, calling the recent schisms “arguably the biggest schisms in the history of the Church.”
“I think the Episcopal Church is in denial over what’s happened in the last decade,” he said.