Comments: General Synod - electronic voting

Interesting to note that BOTH Primates voted for pension equality.

Also not surprising was to see my old friend Robert Patterson voting against.

I suspect that with a diocese titled Sodor and Mann - this Rt Revd prelate will do all he can to make sure people know he is NOT sympathetic.

Still, I wrote to him today congatulating him on making his mark and so brazenly opposing both Primates!

Posted by Martin Reynolds at Wednesday, 24 February 2010 at 3:47pm GMT

'Twas good to note that both English Primates voted in favour of the Motion. All is not lost!

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Wednesday, 24 February 2010 at 9:26pm GMT

Well, Lorna Ashcroft voted in favor of it, too, and so did +Winchester and Sugden+ and a host of others. I don't know that voting for the final motion indicated approval of it, exactly; once it was clear that this is where things were going, there may have been a desire to coalesce around the final motion.

Was +Durham not present for Synod?

Posted by Charlotte at Thursday, 25 February 2010 at 9:45pm GMT

Tom Wright (+Durham) was on sabbatical IIRC

Posted by David Walker at Friday, 26 February 2010 at 8:22pm GMT

Charlotte, Wright was probably somewhere in the U.S., wagging his fingers at the naughty colonials.

That seems to be how he spends an awful lot of his time.

Posted by JPM at Saturday, 27 February 2010 at 7:57pm GMT

"Wright was probably somewhere in the U.S., wagging his fingers at the naughty colonials'
- JPM, on Saturday -

What! is +Durham still jet-setting? I wonder if he pays for his contribution to Global Warming? Like certain other prelates of the Communion, he will soon become known as The Bishop IN Durham, rather than The Bishop OF Durham. Anyway, who's looking after the princely pile while he's away?

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Sunday, 28 February 2010 at 3:31am GMT

Ron, word on the street is that they are going to sell Auckland Castle and just rent the good bishop a motel room when he happens to pass through Durham.

Posted by JPM at Sunday, 28 February 2010 at 5:22pm GMT

I think these voting figures show that a July vote on women bishops will not pass in the house of laity by the necessary two thirds majority.

Posted by Robert Ian williams at Sunday, 28 February 2010 at 10:34pm GMT

Surely, Ron, that should be "Bishop Rarely In Durham."

Posted by Malcolm+ at Monday, 1 March 2010 at 4:12am GMT

Or even, Malcolm+: "The Bishop OUT OF Durham?"

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Monday, 1 March 2010 at 9:49am GMT

Or perhaps "The Bishop who has been seen in the vicinity of Durham from time to time, but not often."

Posted by Malcolm+ at Tuesday, 2 March 2010 at 12:51am GMT

The question now is: "Was the Bishop 'out of' Durham when the Civil Partneships debate was satisfactorily concluded in the House of Lords?" He may be flagellating himself if he were absent because of ACNA's demands on his time in the US.

At least, I do know where the Archbishop of York was - he was here in Down-Under New Zealand! I'm going to meet up with him next week at our Diocesan Meeting. I may yet be able to challenge him on his real attitude towards the new legal right for religious input into the Civil Partnership celebrations of same-sex couples.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Wednesday, 3 March 2010 at 11:24pm GMT
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