Friday, 14 May 2010

Women bishops - Church Times report

Paul Handley has a detailed article in the Church Times today about the report of the revision committee on the legislation to enable women to be bishops in the Church of England: Resolutions A, B, and C to go under draft women Measure.

Posted by Peter Owen on Friday, 14 May 2010 at 10:19am BST | TrackBack
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"We have been wrestling with deep disagreements where matters of fundamental conviction are engaged. Our report is therefore, necessarily, an account of discussions that led to decisions reached by majority votes. given the underlying strength of views, it was never realistic to expect that, on the key issues, unanimity would be possible." - Paul Handley, Church Times Article, re Commission Report -

Rarely has a Church Council been able to secure a unanimous decision on any matter on where patent theological disagreement has been based on party views. Only Roman Catholics could expect dogmatic
uniformity on any theological issue - simply because they have a culture of papal infallibility which is inimical to the Anglican Tradition.

One hopes that the Unity in Diversity will allow the English General Synod to agree on the outcome of the findings of this Report from the Commission which was authorised to produce a workable and majority understanding of what is required to best accommodate the minority of Commission membership that wanted greater concessions to their points of view. At least, some provision is actually being made for conscientious objection to what they see as a problem: oversight by a woman bishop actually laying hands upon or ministering to objectors.

To go further than these provisions - in the way of securing a continuance of a watertight culture of 'male-only' oversight would be; not only unjust, but also decidedly un-Catholic, and against the majority decision of the Commission. The Commission did it's very best. Can we all not live with that?

Posted by: Father Ron Smith on Saturday, 15 May 2010 at 1:33am BST

Father Ron,I wish we all could, but I think you will find that there are some who cannot live with it!

Posted by: Suem on Saturday, 15 May 2010 at 8:16pm BST

"Can we all not live with that?" the Church of England voted against women priests in the 1980's i think. I bet you were not saying that then.............

Posted by: mark1wharton@msn.com on Sunday, 16 May 2010 at 9:13am BST

"I bet you were not saying that then"
- Mark Wharton -

In New Zealand, in fact, we had been saying yes to women clergy much earlier than 1980. Women bishops did take a little longer, but eventually the Holy Spirit was able to move us into today's world of 'equal opportunities' - for ALL God's children.

Mind you, Mark, If asked while I was still in the UK as a member of the Church of England (cc1950s) I would probably have been horrified. It's amazing how "All things work together for good for those who love God" - eventually, any way.

Posted by: Father Ron Smith on Sunday, 16 May 2010 at 12:20pm BST

You can live with a condition which is not life-threatening- the choice is yours.

Posted by: Rev L Roberts on Tuesday, 18 May 2010 at 5:33pm BST

The termination of Resolutions A,B and C is long overdue. Resolution C was a particular act of folly, throwing good money after bad.

Posted by: Rev L Roberts on Tuesday, 18 May 2010 at 10:33pm BST
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