Monday, 12 July 2010

WATCH responds to Monday's debate

WATCH Press Statement 5.45pm 12th July 2010

Both Sides Compromise as Draft Legislation Goes Forward for Discussion in the
Dioceses


Today the General Synod overwhelmingly endorsed the draft legislation prepared
by the Revision Committee with only a couple of minor amendments. After
rejecting the ways of accommodating those opposed, that were debated on
Saturday, Synod accepted the proposals suggested by the Revision Committee in
clause 2 of the draft legislation.

After a moving debate, the motion was passed with an overwhelming majority; 373
in favour; 14 against with 17 abstentions.

Several powerful speeches made it clear the sacrifice that had been made by the
majority who welcomed women’s ordained ministry in voting for this compromise.
“This is good news for the whole Church and we are delighted” says the Revd
Rachel Weir, Chair of WATCH. “Synod’s decision gives the Church a powerful
mandate to move forward enthusiastically; welcoming the ministry of women at all
levels within the Church whilst making space for those who are opposed to stay
within our body”.

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Comments

"Compromise?" Well, I notice traditionalist objectors will not be executed . . . yet. Is that compromise by WATCH's standards?

Posted by: WannabeAnglican on Tuesday, 13 July 2010 at 4:55pm BST

Hysterical hyperbole much, Wannabe?

I confess that, before I read WATCH's statement, I really couldn't decipher just what HAD been decided by the GS!

Posted by: JCF on Wednesday, 14 July 2010 at 4:56am BST

The text of this press release is gibberish.

WATCH needs a new editor, or a new press-release writer.

Posted by: Jeremy on Wednesday, 14 July 2010 at 2:11pm BST
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