Usage and ab-usage in the language of contemporary Anglicanism

The creation of a new Province of the Anglican Communion in South East Asia has been hailed from Lambeth Palace as demonstrating the vigour and expansion of world-wide Anglicanism. Certainly no one who has worshipped with the lively, multi-racial congregation of St Andrew’s Cathedral, Singapore will doubt that the Anglican tradition is alive, well and indigenised on that enterprising equatorial island. But ‘communion’ is too strong a term, under the circumstances.

Archbishop Moses Tay, with the vast majority of the new province, rejects the ordination of women to the priesthood and deplores the liberal developments in human sexuality which increasingly mark Anglicanism in the West.

It would surely be more honest to describe the club to which the new member has been admitted as ‘The Anglican Impairment of Communion’.