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Reform responds to House of Bishops on changes to draft legislation

Response from Reform to House of Bishops Statement

The Rev’d Rod Thomas, Chairman of Reform, said:

“We are grateful to those in the House of Bishops who have sought to protect the unity of the Church of England by seeking better provision for those Anglicans who cannot accept the oversight of female bishops.

“However we are disappointed that none of the very many compromise options that we and others suggested has been acted upon.

“While we recognise that these small amendments could be helpful, we are dismayed that the assurance for our future ministry within the Church of England will rest on what a Code of Practice says. Not only have the provisions of this Code yet to be agreed, but also, as we all know, Codes of Practice are frequently changed over time. This means that we are being asked to base our futures on a shifting foundation. In particular we are concerned that those considering ordination in the future could be discriminated against because of their views on the difference between men’s and women’s ministries.

“We will now take further counsel as we consider the exact wording of the revisions.”

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Lindsay Southern
Lindsay Southern
8 years ago

So the amendments have failed to satisfy the Conservative Evangelical wing AND offend those in favour of Women Bishops – bit of an own goal then?

the Rev'd Dr. Elizabeth Kaeton

They – THEY – are concerned about discrimination???!!?? They – THEY – who wish to enshrine discrimination against women in the canons of the church???!!?? If they want to go, Let. Them. Go. The Anglican Church may be the roomiest room in all of Western Christendom, but there’s no room for prejudice and bigotry and oppression in the Household of God. If the “issue” were people of color, we’d all be having a different conversation, I trust. This is not my fight and it is. I’m a woman. I’m an Episcopal Priest. I do not have a vocation to the… Read more »

Martin Reynolds
Martin Reynolds
8 years ago

I suspect Forward in Faith will reject it too.

That will make the bishops think that they must have the right formula – as everyone dislikes it – it seems to be Rowan’s rule of thumb lately.

Of course the Fulcrum leadership team will agree and say it’s wonderful and perfect etc etc etc

David Keen
David Keen
8 years ago

So, WATCH are disappointed, Reform are disappointed, they must have got it just about right then.

Father Ron Smith
8 years ago

“In particular we are concerned that those considering ordination in the future could be discriminated against because of their views on the difference between men’s and women’s ministries.”

– Rod Thomas, Reform –

This remark is a sad commentary on the initial mistake made by the Church of England to allow the creation of ‘Alternative Episcopal Oversight’ by those strange creatures known as ‘Flying Bishops’ These ephemeral creatures from outer space should have been swatted or sprayed with insecticide before being allowed to proliferate on Anglican territory. We knew it would all end in tears!

LaurenceR
LaurenceR
8 years ago

It was a very big mistake – the brain child of John Habgood.

Too sure of himself by half.

Chris Smith
Chris Smith
8 years ago

The entire “concept” of “flying bishops” is flawed and shameful. The one thing that should be abolished forever is the “practice” of a “flying bishop”. It is amazing that this “concept” was ever approved in the first place. All very strange and antithetical to Christ’s teaching that we love one another. Flying bishops seems like a bad dream that never actually happened. Sadly, this is not a dream.

LaurenceR
LaurenceR
8 years ago

Most of the last batch (of ‘Flying bishops’) flew away to Rome having shamefully used and abused the denomination of their ordination.

Malcolm French+
8 years ago

I think the offer of flying bishops was well-intentioned but thoroughly stupid. It has given birth to a new heresy – not only in England – that every person is entitled to have a bishop who agrees with them.

I bet Father MacKonochie would have like to have had a bishop who agreed with him.

RevDave
RevDave
8 years ago

“They – THEY – who wish to enshrine discrimination against women in the canons of the church???!!??”

Isn’t this comment a little out of date?

I think you will find that “discrimination against women (as church leaders) has been “enshrined in the canons of the church” since the church first had canons – about 1700 years ago – and was derived from the practices described in canonical New Testament..

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