Comments: WATCH comments on diocesan voting for women bishops

Hear, hear!

Posted by JCF at Thursday, 24 November 2011 at 6:45am GMT

Those of us in the Anglican Communion who enjoy (and are not afraid of) Women Bishops, are very much hopeful of a generous outcome - for Women - from the General Synod deliberations. The best outcome - for both Women and the Anglican Communion Churches - would be that Women are welcomed into the historic episcopate - with no strings attached, that would render them without authority in their dioceses, causing a two-tier episcopate.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Thursday, 24 November 2011 at 10:21am GMT

`It would also seem dismissive of the ordinary Church of England membership if General Synod members chose to vote against such large majority opinion'

I thought the members of General Synod were, by and large, the same people as the members of diocesan synods - so does it really make sense to distinguish between them in this way?

Posted by Feria at Thursday, 24 November 2011 at 11:11am GMT

The General Synod representatives of a diocese are ex-officio members of their diocesan synod. That is, about half a dozen or so people (depending on the size of the diocese) are members of both bodies.

They are representatives, not delegates, and are not mandated on how to vote.

Posted by John Roch at Friday, 25 November 2011 at 2:55pm GMT

Thanks John.

Posted by Feria at Friday, 25 November 2011 at 9:03pm GMT

The Church Times article which shows members of the 'Catholic Members of G.S.' suggesting that the Provincial Archbishops will most likely intervene - again - in the process of G.S., in order to request alternative legislation to allow for PEVs, to meet with CMGS requirements for alternative oversight which would undermine the diocesan authority of a Woman Bishop, must surely be contrary to the stated preference of Diocesan Synods on this issue?

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Friday, 25 November 2011 at 11:45pm GMT

Ron, you are quite right. 75% of Dioceses (33 out of 44) voted against this proposal, which is high when you consider that not all of them voted on this question.

Posted by Peter at Sunday, 27 November 2011 at 12:36pm GMT
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