Thursday, 9 May 2013

Diocesan reorganisation referred to General Synod

Updated Thursday afternoon and evening

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, has announced that the Dioceses Commission Draft Reorganisation Scheme for the Dioceses of Bradford, Ripon and Leeds, and Wakefield will be put to General Synod. Because the Diocese of Wakefield voted against it, the scheme could only be sent to General Synod with the authorization of the Archbishop.

The full statement from the Archbishop is here. This includes the text of the paper which will be sent to General Synod members to explain his decision to authorise the Dioceses Commission to lay the draft scheme before the General Synod.

The Church of England communications office has released this Statement from Dioceses Commission.

Of the three dioceses, only Bradford has so far published anything on its website: Diocesan reorganisation referred to General Synod.

Our earlier reports on this proposal and how it has developed are here, here, here, here, here. here, here, here and here.


The Diocese of Ripon and Leeds has now responded: Welcome for Archbishop’s decision on Diocesan Reorganisation.
And so has Wakefield: Archbishop of York decides to take super diocese proposal to General Synod.

Posted by Peter Owen on Thursday, 9 May 2013 at 2:14pm BST | TrackBack
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We consult. You say 'no'. We do it anyway.
It wouldn't be the first time in the Church of England.

Posted by: Philip on Thursday, 9 May 2013 at 3:26pm BST

That seems an unfair and glib comment. No decision has been taken yet. Two of the three dioceses most concerned have agreed to the proposals and all that is happening now is that General Synod is being asked to consider it and the Wakefield representatives will be able to put forward their views. This seems pretty good consultation to me. You seem to imply that Wakefield should be able to veto the proposal. (NB I don't live in any of the three dioceses).

Posted by: Daniel Lamont on Friday, 10 May 2013 at 5:06am BST
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