Tuesday, 10 February 2009

General Synod - reports on day two

We will update this page as new reports appear.

The official summary of the morning’s business is at General Synod - Summary of Business Conducted on Tuesday 10th February 2009 AM.

The official summary of the afternoon’s business is at General Synod - Summary of Business Conducted on Tuesday 10th February 2009 PM.

We have already linked to the Archbishop of Canterbury’s presidential address and referred to the debate on BNP membership.

Riazat Butt in The Guardian Church of England votes to ban BNP clergy
BBC Synod votes in favour of BNP ban
Avril Ormsby at Reuters Church of England bans far-right party membership

Ruth Gledhill in the Times Credit crunch is ‘doomsday’ scenario says CoE finance chief
Martin Beckford in the Telegraph Church of England investment chief warns of financial crisis ‘doomsday machine’

Justin Brett Anatomy of a Debate: Part 1

Dave Walker General Synod Day 2

Ruth Gledhill General Synod Feb 09: Day Two and Britain heading for ‘doomsday’ says C of E finance chief

Colin Coward General Synod Day 2 - Archbishop of Canterbury Presidential Address

ENS Matthew Davies Archbishop of Canterbury spotlights challenges, priorities of ‘imperfect’ communion (includes link to video of the Presidential Address)

Daily Mail Steve Doughty Church of England votes to ban vicars from belonging to BNP

George Pitcher Church’s BNP ban is silly and pointless

Savi Hensman Choosing Christianity over racism

Posted by Peter Owen on Tuesday, 10 February 2009 at 6:07pm GMT | TrackBack
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There were apparently 13 no votes and 20 abstentions. Did any of these 33 speak to the matter to indicate their motivations?

I can see that it might have been an entirely principled concern about precedent of banning folk from membership in an organization. Today the entirely odious BNP, but who's next?

I hope that was the reasoning. The other possibility is to distressing to contemplate.

Posted by: Malcolm+ on Tuesday, 10 February 2009 at 6:19pm GMT

No race apartheid ..only gender apartheid!

Posted by: Robert Ian williams on Tuesday, 10 February 2009 at 6:22pm GMT

or the hidden racists.

Can be hard to avoid.

And the C of E is a refuge of oddballs ...

Posted by: Rev L Roberts on Tuesday, 10 February 2009 at 8:13pm GMT

"No race apartheid ..only gender apartheid!"

This, from Robert I Williams, seems a bit over the top - especially when he pledges unwavering allegiance to the R.C. Church, which has even banned women from serving in the sanctuary in any capacity whatsoever!

Posted by: Father Ron Smith on Tuesday, 10 February 2009 at 10:29pm GMT

"... which has even banned women from serving in the sanctuary in any capacity whatsoever!"

That's funny - I went to an RC mass this Sunday and they had an altar girl. Who would have thought that stodgy old Providence, in the country's most RC state, would be bucking the Vatican?


Posted by: BillyD on Tuesday, 10 February 2009 at 11:32pm GMT
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