Comments: "Women Bishops - The Way Ahead"

It is good that both the Catholic Group in General Synod and Reform want "a broad and comprehensive national Church". I myself believe there should be room for differences even on matters which one side or other sees as fundamental - in the US Episcopal Church as much as in the Church of England. And it would be good if the few Anglo-Catholic dioceses in the Church of Australia, and my own radically puritan Diocese of Sydney would more readily allow for that breadth and comprehensiveness !

Posted by John Bunyan at Friday, 30 November 2012 at 5:36am GMT

All very well but some of the Reform members in EGGS (GS evangelical Group) have made it clear they will vote against any legislation for WB as they see such a move as 'unbiblical'.

Plus, we have had these talks before - Rod and Simon know this all too well. Pressure groups do not represent all of GS. The place where such negotiating is done is in revision committees and in GS itself, not by unrepresentative off-line groups, valuable as these are in other ways.

And I'm a member of one such group, namely WATCH.

Posted by Charles Read at Friday, 30 November 2012 at 10:41am GMT

"The legislation which failed last week in the Synod would have had devastating consequences for the diversity and mission of the Church of England."

Perhaps it is the legislation's failure that is having these devastating consequences right now.

Posted by Jeremy at Friday, 30 November 2012 at 11:48am GMT

Charles; you're right; which is why Synod shouldn't be the playground of the groups but the place where their beliefs and theses are interrogated and tested by the mind of the whole church, such as it is.

Based on the voting patterns, the choice is a stark one, between accepting statutory provision or the long haul post 2016 (and, bearing in mind that the electoral college favours large parishes, with no guarantee that Synod's laity will not be more opposed on headship than now).

Posted by Jonathan Jennings at Friday, 30 November 2012 at 4:17pm GMT
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