Comments: Women Bishops - Guildford Report issued

My initial thought is that repealing the part of the Act that allows individual churches to remain in the geographic dioceses and yet publicly not have female clergy of one kind or the other (i.e. Resolutions A, B and C) is going to be more structurally divisive then the HoB thinks. It forces churches who oppose to take a more fractious stance (applying for TEA). Allowing churches to remain within geographic dioceses and yet still having Resolutions A, B or C is more cohesive. The arrangements above could be interpreted as "If you still oppose women's ordination you cannot remain within the geographic dioceses".

Posted by Peter O at Monday, 16 January 2006 at 3:47pm GMT

I think that may be one reason why the HoB, as opposed to the Guildford Group, is so divided about the proposal. It appears that there is no majority in the HoB for the content of the TEA recommendation, but only a majority (a clear majority we were told today by Christopher Hill) for having further discussion on the merits or otherwise of the proposal. Those opposed to the content would be likely to include both those bishops opposed to the whole idea, and those bishops who think it is too "conservative" a proposal. The question is whether a majority will emerge by July in favour of this particular proposal.

Posted by Simon Sarmiento at Monday, 16 January 2006 at 4:24pm GMT
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