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Synod Questions

The questions to be answered at this month’s sessions of General Synod have been published. You can download them as an rtf file or read them online. They are scheduled to be answered on Friday 7 July between 8.30 and 10.00 pm.

We have already published the outline agenda, and links to other Synod papers.

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Miss Prudence Dailey (Oxford) to ask the Chairman of the House of Bishops:

Q46 Is the House aware of the pub in Paddington Railway Station named The Mad Bishop and Bear, and can it shed any light on the identity of the mad bishop?

I see that the Archbishop of Canterbury is stepping up to reply to that one.

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A great opportunity missed!

thomas bushnell, bsg
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do american bishops get to ask general synod questions, or is that kind of intrusion just a one-way street?

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The short answer is no. American bishops can be invited to address the Synod – they can observe the House of Bishops and contribute to discussions in closed session (and I believe this has happened). They can also address fringe meetings of Synod if they are invited to do so. The American system is much more open. But in the recent General Convention from what I understand only two Englishmen intervened. They were Archbishop Sentamu and Colin Coward of Changing Attitude (contributions which might be said to have cancelled each other out). Both of them addressed the special hearing –… Read more »