Comments: The Case against the Archbishops’ Amendment

Well put.

Posted by Wilf at Monday, 30 January 2012 at 8:53pm GMT

"The Amendment proposes that the diocesan bishop should ‘co-ordinate’ some aspects of episcopal ministry with a [female] bishop for those parishes that request it, rather than ‘delegate’ this ministry as in the present draft legislation."

Try wording this amendment as above, and would it get one *second* of consideration?

Posted by JCF at Monday, 30 January 2012 at 8:54pm GMT

WATCH's take on the proposed re-submission of the 'Archbishop's Amendment' to the agreed terms of the 'Code of Practice' passed by General Synod in June 2011 - and later by the diocesan synods - is surely understandable.

For the Archbishops to continue to avoid the consequences of the rebuttal of their original amendment by both General Synod and the majority of Diocesan Synods, is distinctly overbearing, and not conducive to institutional loyalty to the two Archbishops.

To insist on making special conditions resulting in a two-tiered espicopate within the Church of England - merely to suit those who oppose the whole idea of women's ordained ministry in the Church - is inevitably to bring into question the traditional bishop's authority in their own diocese, resulting in a two-tiered episcopate.

Such a matter would be important enough to warrant communion-wide discipline against the Church of England by other Provinces - if the disciplinary ethos of the proposed Covenant relationships were to be brought into play.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Monday, 30 January 2012 at 10:56pm GMT

Do the Archbishops not realize the knots in which they have tied themselves?

This is becoming painful to witness.

Posted by Jeremy at Tuesday, 31 January 2012 at 3:26am GMT

The Church Mouse has come out of hibernation to comment..worth reading

Posted by Perry Butler at Tuesday, 31 January 2012 at 10:28am GMT

Even as a Catholic I feel that the women deserve justice within the context of the Church of England. They have acted with such dignity and restraint over the past 30 years.

Why can't Rowan get it..the opponents (particularly the Anglo-catholics ) will not leave in any mass movement.

As for the Ordinariate in England(it does not exist in Wales!)it constitutes less than 0.1 per cent of active Anglican communicants, and has a disproportionate number of retired clergy.It has about ten members and one cleric in Scotland.

As for Anglican patrimony, its still working out what the Vatican will allow it to salvage from the Protestant heritage of Cranmer.

Posted by Robert ian Williams at Thursday, 2 February 2012 at 8:18am GMT
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