Comments: General Synod - voting on women bishops legislation

Worrying (from a pro-women perspective) is the number of the house of clergy who are clearly against the ordination of women bishops who voted for the final motion.

Posted by Wilf at Saturday, 18 February 2012 at 8:39pm GMT

Looking in on Wilf's comment - above: there could be several reason for anti-women clergy voting for the Ordination of Women Bishops. Some might be:

1. They realise the measure is unstoppable and have decided to be loyal to the Church of England.

2. They hope the Measure passes, but are betting that their approval will occasion more votes for an extra-special concession for PEVs with their own authority. OR:

3. They have experienced a 'change of heart' about women in ministry, and will hope the the working of the Holy Spirit will clarify the situation.

One hopes that the latter situation predominates, and that the Measure will pass without the need of an amendment that would diminish the role of Women in The Church.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Sunday, 19 February 2012 at 8:36am GMT

One of the speakers in the final debate was an ex-lawyer who is now ordained. His view was the final vote was about the accuracy of the final drafting. That is whether is reflected what Synod has asked for, not whether he agreed with what Synod had asked for. He was clear is was not a vote on the principle. I wish I could recall his name!

Posted by Peter at Monday, 20 February 2012 at 8:09am GMT

Face reality..this is going to be narrowly defeated. However like white Rhodesia , they can hold the things back and delay, but in the end they will lose everything.

Posted by robert ian williams at Tuesday, 21 February 2012 at 4:30pm GMT

So the Church of England has now voted to turn itself into a sect and has severed itself irrevocably from both the Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches.

Posted by bryan harding at Thursday, 23 February 2012 at 2:28pm GMT

"So the Church of England has now voted to turn itself into a sect and has severed itself irrevocably from both the Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches." - Bryan Harding -

But not from God in Christ. Thanks be to God!

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Thursday, 23 February 2012 at 11:34pm GMT
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