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I rather like Doe's analogy for the Anglican Covenant? So with which coloured ink do you think the final draft of the Covenant has been written, just to introduce another metaphor to complement his:
The Anglican Covenant does not represent the Communion as the primary manifestation of Anglicanism with authority to limit the freedom (or autonomy) of its member Churches (the “red-light” model). The Covenant does not see the autonomous provincial Church as the primary manifestation of Anglicanism, under which the province has an unfettered freedom, without any restraint from the global family (the “green-light” model).
Rather, the Covenant sees partnership between the Communion (the family) and each autonomous Church as the primary manifestation of Anglicanism, one that protects the autonomy of the province (its legal freedom), subject to the competence of the Communion (through its instruments), to guide in a limited field of highly contentious matters of common concern (the “amber-light” model). This is the Anglican way.
Dr Norman Doe, Professor of Law, Cardiff Law School.