Comments: Women Bishops Consultation - response by Hilary Cotton

Hilary gets to the heart of it
"The Working Group seems to have taken as its starting point the position ‘what do opponents
of women in the episcopate need in order to feel secure ?’ First, it is surely not good practice
to have the efficacy of a package of legal instruments measured by how people ‘feel’ as a result?

Para 1 of Annex B says that good legislation requires clarity about the policy objectives. ‘Feel secure’ is hardly a robust policy objective. Secondly who defines what is an ‘accepted and valued’ place? To be accepted, all members of the Church of England must surely in their public life be loyal to the Diocesan
bishop placed over them, and assent to Canon A4, whatever their private views?

The‘fudge’ over this issue is what has condemned all previous proposals for the consecration of women to the episcopate to failure."

Her conclusion is spot on - thank you, Hilary.

Posted by Jeremy Pemberton at Sunday, 3 March 2013 at 8:05pm GMT

i agree with what hilary cotton argues - my points of query are:

1) on the oaths of obedience don't those to be ordained or priested swear true and canonical obedience to XXX in all things lawful and honest?

2) and when they do presumably the words "lawful and honest" are interpreted by those saying them in an amazing variety of ways?

Posted by useful in parts at Sunday, 3 March 2013 at 10:47pm GMT

Excellent comment Hilary

Jean Mayland

Posted by Jean MAYLAND at Sunday, 10 March 2013 at 5:27pm GMT
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