Comments: February General Synod - women bishops legislation

It may be nitpicking, but the result of the Sheffield vote on the following motion depends on local standing orders. In a vote by houses no bishop voted in favour. I just want to put on record that the WATCH version of events, for which I have had a significant responsibility, assumed that this meant that the following motion was not (technically) passed. We have tried to verify this, but the Diocese has not responded.

Regardless of the precise technicalities, of course, we can see how people voted. If the Bishop wanted the voice of the diocese to be clearly heard, he was perhaps unwise to abstain. The voice of the church as whole is clear.

It seems obvious that only the few bishops who think that their own diocese might have voted the wrong way, or that a diocesan vote needed bolstering, have chosen to record a statement. I was present at two Diocesan Synods where a debate was held (Chelmsford and Oxford) where the diocesan bishops spoke firmly in favour of the existing legislation and against any amendment. The dioceses were of like mind.

Posted by Mark Bennet at Thursday, 22 December 2011 at 9:23pm GMT

If the Ordination of Women Bishops Measure does not survive the General synod process without further amendment - in favour of 'special provisions outside of the original intention of the bill' - then the Church of England must surely be seen to have mechanisms other than common democratic procedure to thwart the expressed intention of the Church.

This would not augur well for other Province of the world-wide Anglican Communion.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Friday, 23 December 2011 at 12:02am GMT

I hear that the Queen's new chaplain opposes Women bishops.

Posted by Ann at Friday, 23 December 2011 at 3:48pm GMT

Does Her Majesty know? I wonder.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Sunday, 25 December 2011 at 10:50pm GMT

Father Ron is right -- this Synod is a test of whether the C of E has any democratic element to it at all, or whether it is all top-down.

The more democratic provinces should take careful note of the progress of the women-bishops legislation.

There are clues here to what the implementation of the proposed Anglican Covenant might look like.

"Holy Spirit, ever forming
in the church the mind of Christ."

Not the mind of Lambeth.

Posted by Jeremy at Saturday, 14 January 2012 at 9:09pm GMT
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