Comments: Statements following Synod vote on women bishops

It seems that Rod Thomas is still intent on scuttling the proposed legislation, if he does not get precisely what he, and reform, wants from it. One can only hope that his archaic understanding of 'male-headship' will no longer prevent suitable women from exercising jurisdiction in their own diocese - by means of allowing a male bishop to exercise episcopal ministry in their stead? For any measure that would seek to by-pass the authority of a female diocesan bishop would render Women Bishops to be of lesser authroity than their male colleagues. Is that what the Church of England really wants?

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Friday, 22 November 2013 at 12:04am GMT

Don't know where else to put this, but there's an interesting statement from the Society of St Wilfrid and St Hilda, which has now sprung into life, with news that all its bishops have now joined FiF as a result of Monday's vote. If you don't include Lindsay Urwin and Roger Jupp, I think that gives FiF something like 8, up from 3.

Posted by primroseleague at Friday, 22 November 2013 at 10:02am GMT

Although Rod Thomas' speech was slightly more generous than the pre-synod statement of Reform, it is clear that the ConEvos are not going to let this go any time soon. The Measure is not susceptible to amendment (save for minor tweaking) and issues of jurisdiction are no longer on the table. The current understanding of canonical obedience is fundamental to the single clause route being travelled. On that basis, we need to be very grateful for the much more generous position now taken by the TradCaths and hope that remaining opposition from Reform in the House of Laity will not allow a re-run of the November 2012 disaster. Not only does the Church want this to be resolved during the lifetime of the current Synod, but Westminster wants it resolved during the life of this Parliament.

Posted by Anthony Archer at Friday, 22 November 2013 at 11:35am GMT
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