Comments: General Synod and women bishops

May I add to your list Nick Cohen's "A church fit only for bigots and hypocrites" from yesterday's Guardian?

Posted by Lapinbizarre/Roger Mortimer at Monday, 18 June 2012 at 1:35pm BST

"Modern Church's reasons for opposing Clause 5(1)(c) are as follows.

1.It would allow PCCs to subordinate the Church of England's open, inclusive and developing theology to their own minority convictions on women's ministry.".......

Surely this is reason enough to resist the intended diminution of a Woman Diocesan Bishop's authority in her own diocese - in order to placate the need of a particular parish to decide who is entitled to carry out episcopal ministry in its little corner of the Church of England?

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Wednesday, 20 June 2012 at 11:13am BST

Sorry to weigh into this one so late, but I recently discovered a possible sequence of events that I think Mr. Bradshaw misses in this interview: if the mood of Parliament is that clause 5(1)(c) or its replacement unacceptably waters down the measure for the consecration of women Bishops, then Parliament has a more subtle option open to it than rejecting the entire measure. When a Church Measure is passed from Synod to Parliament, the Chairman of Ways and Means of the House of Commons and the Chairman of Committees of the House of Lords, acting jointly, have the power to split the measure as presented into two or more separate measures - so, for example, clause 5(1)(c) could be put in a separate measure from the rest, and Parliament could vote on the two separately.

Posted by Feria at Wednesday, 29 August 2012 at 8:58pm BST
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