Friday, 18 May 2012
Results of House of Bishops' election for CNC
The Church of England has just released the Results of House of Bishops’ election for CNC.
The Bishop of Gloucester the Rt Revd Michael Perham and the Bishop of Carlisle the Rt Revd James Newcome have been voted onto the Crown Nominations Commission, CNC, the body that will nominate the next Archbishop of Canterbury.
This result of the vote by the House of Bishops completes the make-up of the 16 member voting body of the CNC which will meet for the first time later this month.
The press release also includes this complete list of CNC members for this appointment.
Chair - the Rt Hon the Lord Luce KG, GCVO
The Reverend Canon Clare Edwards, elected from the Diocese of Canterbury by their Vacancy in See Committee
Mr Aiden Hargreaves-Smith - Diocese of London - elected by General Synod to serve as member of the Commission for a five year period
Mr Raymond Harris, elected from the Diocese of Canterbury by their Vacancy in See Committee
Professor Glynn Harrison - Diocese of Bristol - elected by General Synod to serve as member of the Commission for a five year period
Mrs Mary Johnston - Diocese of London - elected by General Synod to serve as member of the Commission for a five year period
Mr David Kemp, elected from the Diocese of Canterbury by their Vacancy in See Committee
The Most Revd Dr Barry Morgan, Primate of The Church in Wales, elected by the Standing Committee of the Anglican Communion
The Rt Revd James Newcome, the Bishop of Carlisle - elected by House of Bishops
The Very Revd Andrew Nunn - Diocese of Southwark - elected by General Synod to serve as member of the Commission for a five year period
The Rt Revd Michael Perham, the Bishop of Gloucester - elected by House of Bishops
The Reverend Canon Mark Roberts, elected from the Diocese of Canterbury by their Vacancy in See Committee
Mrs Caroline Spencer, elected from the Diocese of Canterbury by their Vacancy in See Committee
The Revd Canon Peter Spiers - Diocese of Liverpool - elected by General Synod to serve as member of the Commission for a five year period
The Revd Canon Glyn Webster - Diocese of York - elected by General Synod to serve as members of the Commission for a five year period
The Right Reverend Trevor Willmott, elected from the Diocese of Canterbury by their Vacancy in See Committee
In addition, the Archbishops’ Secretary for Appointments (Ms Caroline Boddington), the Prime Minister’s Appointments Secretary (Sir Paul Britton) and the Secretary General of the Anglican Communion (Revd Canon Kenneth Kearon) are non-voting members of the Commission.
Full background on the CNC
The detailed voting figures are available for download.
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I am still not clear whether the Abp of Wales is a voting member? Peter can you please enlighten?
In the list of Six Aspects to the Role of the (next) Archbishop of Canterbury, I noticed that one of them may be of concern to those in the Church of England who are keen that there should be no interference from 'Flying Bishops' in the jurisdiction and work of the Women Bishops who may soon be authorised by the General Synod of the C. of E. to take their place in the mission and life of that Church.
One of the stated equirements, I noted, for the next ABC, is that he will continue to be responsible for the oversight of:
"Two 'Provincial Episcopal Visitors' who will report to the Archbishop in relation to the 163 parishes in the southern province which have petitioned for extended episcopal care under the Episcopal Ministry Act of Synod".
Presuming that the list of roles' relevant to the appointment of the next ABC has been revised and brought up to date for the current situation in the Church of England; it would appear that the 'Two Provincial Episcopal Visitors' already appointed by the present Archbishop of Canterbury will actually remain in place for the next ABC to have at his disposal for "Alternative Episcopal Oversight' in the dioceses of Women Bishops who may not be welcome to minister in parishes that are anti-Women Bishops.
Lest this be thought to be a pre-requisite of the expected duties of the prospective Archbishop of Canterbury, one might think that this particular provision ought not to appear in the list of official requirements. Otherwise, it might seem that the use of 'Provincial Episcopal Visitors' will be mandatory in the C. of E. - Unless, of course, that is actually expected to be needed!
The Archbishop of Wales is a voting member of the CNC, as are all the members listed above, with the exception of the three stated to be non-voting members (ie the two appointments secretaries and the secretary general of the Anglican Communion).
Ron, regardless of the result of the "women bishops" vote at the July 2012 General Synod, it will be some time before a female bishop is appointed (let alone a diocesan) and in that time there will still be a requirement by the parishes that have petitioned under the existing rules for alternative episcopal oversight for ministry from a bishop acceptable to them. There are two for the southern province and one for the northern.
Until (Unless) the legislation is passed and comes in to force, the status quo ante applies.
In the detailed voting figures two of the candidates are shown as having 'withdrawn'; given that any bishop on the cnc cannot be a candidate, is it reasonable to infer that they have therefore considered themselves 'archiepiscopabile'?!
Peter Kettle - you are correct especially so with Richard Chartres who withdrew his name. Why?
1. He thought he might not be elected to the nominations committee and as a senior figure that would be embarrassing.
2. It was a shrewd move in the 'surely not I Lord?' school as he reinstates himself as a candidate for Canterbury.
3. He should be taken at face value and feels too old and too fed up to be a candidate for anything.