The proposed Anglican Covenant suggests that when we choose bishops, those bishops must be acceptable to Anglicans throughout the world. Quite apart form the fact that is it hard to imagine a time in the church’s history when every bishop would have been acceptable to all, it means that a bishop in (say) Uganda could object to a bishop chosen in (say) Glasgow because the person was deemed unsuitable.
Reasonable enough? Part of being ‘one family’?
Well, maybe — but if you haven’t had occasion to think much about the implications of the covenant yet, try reading this article by the Bishop of Karamoja in Uganda, and ponder whether you would seek his opinion on the worthiness of our next episcopal candidates.