Today's results in the Church of England leave the proposed Anglican Covenant teetering on the brink, with 12 dioceses in favour and 20 opposed. If just two of the remaining 12 dioceses say no, the Covenant is effectively dead in the water.
But Times Religion columnist Ruth Gledhill, speaking on BBC Radio, made the point that even a narrow win may not be much consolation to those who seek to centralize authority in a two-tracked Anglican Communion:
If that document fails on the Mother Church of the Anglican Communion - or even if it just scrapes through - it will really lack the authority it needs to be effective.
The interview can be heard here, beginning at about 1:33:00.