Tuesday, 13 November 2007

General Synod Answers to Questions

Answers to written Questions have been posted on the Church of England website.
See press release ‘Virtual’ questions receive answers.

The original RTF file is here.

TA has provided an html copy of the file here.

Posted by Simon Sarmiento on Tuesday, 13 November 2007 at 8:11pm GMT | TrackBack
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Two questions and an answer worth noting:

Mr Nigel Greenwood (Ripon & Leeds) to ask the Chairman of the House of Bishops:

Q30. Following their meeting with the House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church from September 19 to 25 in New Orleans, the Joint Standing Committee of the Primates and the Anglican Consultative Council reported that the Episcopal Church has clarified all the outstanding issues relating to their response to the questions directed explicitly to them in the Windsor Report, and on which clarifications were sought by 30 September 2007 by the Primates, articulated at their meeting in Dar es Salaam in February. In the light of that, has the House considered whether there is any reason why any bishop of the Church of England should not accept the invitation extended by His Grace the Archbishop of Canterbury to attend the Lambeth Conference to be held in Canterbury in 2008?

The Revd Sister Rosemary CHN (Religious Communities) to ask the Chairman of the House of Bishops:

Q31. Bearing in mind the favourable response of the General Synod in July when urged by the Bishops to show its support for the Archbishop of Canterbury and its concern for the Anglican Communion by affirming its willingness to engage positively with the Covenant process, will the House encourage its own members now to show their support for the Archbishop and their concern for the Communion by accepting His Grace’s invitation to the Lambeth Conference?

The Bishop of London to reply on behalf of the Chairman:

A. With permission, I propose to answer the questions from Nigel Greenwood and Sister Rosemary together.

At its meeting last month, the House received an oral report from the Archbishop of Canterbury on Anglican Communion matters (this was before the Report from the Joint Standing Committee had been received). The House also considered a possible response to the draft Anglican Covenant for the Archbishops to send on behalf of the Church of England before the end of the year.

Since the first Lambeth Conference of 1867 it has always been for individual bishops to decide how to respond to the personal invitation to them from the Archbishop of Canterbury. I have indicated that I will accept his invitation to the 2008 Conference and am looking forward to meeting there a very large number of my episcopal colleagues from the Church of England and around the Communion.

Posted by: Charlotte on Tuesday, 13 November 2007 at 9:34pm GMT

Another question and answer worth noting (and hello there Virginia...)

Mr Gerald O’Brien (Rochester) to ask the Secretary General:

Q40. What is the definition of “full communion” and with which other churches is the Church of England in full communion?

Mr William Fittall to reply:

A. Legislation uses the term ‘in communion’, which denotes a relationship involving a mutual interchangeability of baptized members and ordained ministers. A list of churches in communion with the Church of England may be found on pages 206-208 of the current edition of the Canons of the Church of England.

The term ‘full communion’ does not appear in legislation and does not have a single, precise definition. It has often been used to describe a relationship of communion in which the interchangeability of baptized members and ordained ministers is not restricted or impaired. It has also been pointed out that, theologically speaking, communion in this life is always less than full or perfect. The lack of a single, precise definition and the fact that the term has no legal import suggest that it would be both difficult and unnecessary to attempt to categorize churches according to it.

Posted by: Charlotte on Tuesday, 13 November 2007 at 9:36pm GMT

"At its meeting last month, the House received an oral report from the Archbishop of Canterbury on Anglican Communion matters (this was before the Report from the Joint Standing Committee had been received)."

I just checked the Report of the Joint Standing Committee again. Philippa Amable (ACC West Africa) and Jolly Babirukamu (ACC Uganda) had been the only two who had not replied.

However, the Report was revised on 23rd October to include Ms Amable as ASSENTING to it.


That means it has now received 13 assents, 1 dissent, and 1 abstention (so far). Ms Amable's assent is significant in that the Primate of West Africa recently signed the Global South communique which rejected the TEC HoB response. Obviously not all his province agrees. Simon may want to highlight this.

Posted by: MJ on Tuesday, 13 November 2007 at 11:39pm GMT

Nigel Greenwood and Sr Rosemary CHN are both trustees of Changing Attitude. Thanks to them for tabling the questions and to Bishop Richard for his answer, which doesn't exactly help us know whether Bishops like Michael Nazir-Ali are going to accept their invitation to Lambeth, and whether anyone much cares if they don't (apart from the good people of Rochester who belong to Changing Attitude and have signed up to Inclusive Church).

Posted by: Colin Coward on Wednesday, 14 November 2007 at 12:21am GMT
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