Comments: Bishops Welcome Senior Women Clergy to their Meeting

A very good step forward.

Posted by Revd Laurie Roberts at Monday, 9 December 2013 at 8:59pm GMT

A picture on TA!
My goodness there is a God!

Posted by Martin Reynolds at Monday, 9 December 2013 at 10:30pm GMT

A very small step forward. 'Participant observers'. No votes and no one needs to take any notice of what they say

Posted by Richard Ashby at Monday, 9 December 2013 at 10:42pm GMT

So, from this picture, it won't be only the male bishops wearing the trousers - from today onwards!

Just a small step for the H.o.B., but a huge step for Woman-Kind.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Monday, 9 December 2013 at 11:55pm GMT

But they all seem to be white.

Posted by clairejxx at Tuesday, 10 December 2013 at 6:33am GMT

So it's just as well, Richard, that we do very little voting and a great deal of listening.

And it was such a good day that we even finished half an hour early.

Posted by David Walker at Tuesday, 10 December 2013 at 6:58am GMT

Yes, David, in matters like this I am a cynic. i await with interest evidence that their presence makes any difference.

Posted by Richard Ashby at Tuesday, 10 December 2013 at 9:37am GMT

In my experience, the presence of women in a formerly all-male group always makes a difference - a big difference - which is why it is important. This is a very welcome step, and it was, after all, the best that could be done in the period between the rejection of the women bishops legislation last year and the acceptance of new legislation (as most of us hope) in the near future.

Posted by badman at Tuesday, 10 December 2013 at 4:29pm GMT

Good point, Martin - a picture makes all the difference !


Here's hoping for more pictures...

Posted by Revd Laurie Roberts at Tuesday, 10 December 2013 at 4:49pm GMT

It was great to have them there. They played a full part, and I kind of hope that our culture is becoming more human and less boys public school. The voting thing is less significant than it might appear, since we vote formally very rarely, and there are quite a few bishops there who are deputising in diocesan vacancies and they don't get a vote either; it's only those who are part of the General Synod House of Bishops (ex officio or elected) who have a vote. Talking to three or four of them afterwards, their experience of it was pretty positive. I look forward to the day when they are all there as of right.

Posted by Pete Broadbent at Tuesday, 10 December 2013 at 8:07pm GMT

"It was great to have them there. They played a full part, and I kind of hope that our culture is becoming more human and less boys public school."

- Pete Broadbent -

It's good to have at least one Bishop in the Church of England admitting that having women in the mix is 'More human, and less 'public School'. That really needed to be said in the present circumstances. Let's hope that this will also be the end of public school nepotism in the House of Bishops in the C. of E.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Wednesday, 11 December 2013 at 7:34am GMT

Ron Smith: Well, if the CofE ever wants to start electing its bishops ...

Good to hear Pete Broadbent's positive report. Following on from this creative approach, the House of Bishops could invite along appropriately qualified LGBT clergy as Participant Observers, at least for its upcoming discussions of human sexuality.

How about it?

Posted by James Byron at Wednesday, 11 December 2013 at 12:40pm GMT

Let's hope that this will also be the end of public school nepotism in the House of Bishops in the C. of E.

Do we know how many of the above mentioned women were public school girls?

Posted by ian at Wednesday, 11 December 2013 at 6:23pm GMT
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