Comments: General Synod agenda - more press reports

The CT story on the ACNA resolution says, "Bishops were said at the pre-Synod briefing on Monday to be producing an alternative motion." I presume alternative motions cannot stray far from the original. Is it likely they would be seeking more diplomatic language that amounts to the same thing?

The CT story also reminds us that "The Bishops of Blackburn, Exeter, and Winchester will host a lunchtime meeting at the Synod on Tuesday 9 February, at which members can “quiz loyal Anglicans” from the US Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada." Loyal to what? The plain meaning of from TEC or ACC is not from ACNA.

Posted by John B. Chilton at Friday, 22 January 2010 at 10:08pm GMT

What was said at the briefing was that the HoB was producing an *amendment* to the motion.

An amendment could delete all the words of the original motion and substitute others. That is what we in England would call a "wrecking amendment". One of the journalists did ask if this amendment was of that type, and the answer given was that it was not.

but until we see the wording of this amendment, it really is fruitless to speculate on its content.

Posted by Simon Sarmiento at Friday, 22 January 2010 at 10:49pm GMT

"The disagreement centres on the powers of those bishops - like Andrew Burnham - who are appointed to minister to parishes which oppose women priests." - BBC Report -

And this is precisely what all this is about - not the propagation of the Gospel, but rather the concept of 'power'. Power in the hands of solely males has brought the world to the place we are in now. It has also, arguably, brought the Church of England into the situation of an embarrassing stand-off - on the issue of women as Leaders in the Church.

The likes of Bishop Andrew Burnham are actually threatened by the thought of women ever having the same sort of 'power' as he is wont to wield in his own peculiar arena as a Bishop in the Church. This is no longer tenable as an attempt to side-line the place of women, equally called by God into the leadership and ministry of the Church of England. Other Churches of the Communion have benefitted from discerning the need to be radically inclusive of women in the ongoing mission of Christ to all people - regardless of gender or sexuality.

Spiritual discernment is no longer perceived as being the sole prerogative of male priests and bishops - as it is no longer credible to withhold leadership in other, secular, arenas from the prerogative of capable women administrators.

Saints Hilda of Whitby and Teresa of Avila would probably have had something to say about this is they were alive and active in the Church of today.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Sunday, 24 January 2010 at 5:39am GMT

I assume General Synod is going to look at church finances, including church pensions. I don't know of any direct way to bring articles to your attention, so I'm doing so through this comment.
The Guardian website has an article about a Church of England pension plan investment going bust to the tune of £40 million. Apparently at the height of the USA housing bubble, the CofE chose to invest in a risky scheme involving a large New York City housing development. The housing bubble then collapsed, and investors lost their shirts and chasubles. I think your readers might find this article interesting and worthy of a separate mention. I guess financial advisors neglected to inform the CofE that "buy high, sell low" is not a good way to protect one's investment:

Posted by peterpi at Monday, 25 January 2010 at 9:46pm GMT
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