women bishops: further information on TEA
First, what is a possible timetable for the process?
The General Synod papers included a note which was an Annex to GS 1605A. The text of this is given below the fold.
Second, what are the views on TEA of those entirely opposed to women bishops?
FiF reacts to General Synod debate on Guildford Report
Andrew Burnham Bishop of Ebbsfleet wrote a pastoral letter about it in January, and has since prepared a leaflet: Explaining T.E.A. in Parishes.
The February issue of New Directions has several articles on TEA from opponents, including Paul Benfield, Bishop Lindsay Urwin, and John Hunwicke, who apparently objects to being in communion with any [male] bishop who has one or more women priests in his diocese.
The conservative evangelical view is put forward by Bishop Wallace Benn and others in A Way Forward.
Possible Synod timetable (on the assumption that the legislation represented both Article 7 business and Article 8 business)
- Drafting Group appointed. Oversees preparation of draft Measure
and Canon for introduction to the Synod (a year is likely to elapse between the decision to appoint a legislative drafting group and its report to Synod);
- Draft Measure and Canon introduced, given First Consideration by Synod and referred to Revision Committee to consider proposals for amendment (the Revision Committee stage could also be expected to take a year )</em>;
- Report from Revision Committee considered by Synod, followed by the Revision Stage in Synod (whether this needed to straddle more than one group of sessions would depend on the nature of the legislation and the number of amendments at this stage);
- Reference of draft Measure and Canon, as amended, to diocesan synods under Article 8. The approval of a majority of the synods is required for the legislation to proceed further (A year to 18 months would need to be allowed for this stage to allow dioceses the option for an initial diocesan synod debate, and possible reference to deanery synods before a formal diocesan synod vote. A reference of the legislation to dioceses at this stage in the process is mandatory, whether or not there has been pre-legislative consultation of the dioceses);
- Report back to Synod from the Business Committee on the diocesan reference and Final Drafting;
- Consideration by the House of Bishops;
- Possible references to the Convocations and House of Laity under Article 7 (this would not normally be at the same group of sessions as Final Approval);
- Final approval by Synod. A two–thirds majority in each House is required at this point;
- Parliamentary scrutiny of Measure, including by the Ecclesiastical Committee (this would probably take some months);
- Royal Assent for Measure and Promulging of Canon by Synod.