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Women Bishops Consultation – response by Hilary Cotton

Here is another submission to the consultation by an individual, Hilary Cotton. (PDF)

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Hilary gets to the heart of it “The Working Group seems to have taken as its starting point the position ‘what do opponents of women in the episcopate need in order to feel secure ?’ First, it is surely not good practice to have the efficacy of a package of legal instruments measured by how people ‘feel’ as a result? Para 1 of Annex B says that good legislation requires clarity about the policy objectives. ‘Feel secure’ is hardly a robust policy objective. Secondly who defines what is an ‘accepted and valued’ place? To be accepted, all members of the… Read more »

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i agree with what hilary cotton argues – my points of query are:

1) on the oaths of obedience don’t those to be ordained or priested swear true and canonical obedience to XXX in all things lawful and honest?

2) and when they do presumably the words “lawful and honest” are interpreted by those saying them in an amazing variety of ways?

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Excellent comment Hilary

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