Comments: Consultation paper on the operation of the Resolution of Disputes Procedure

In practical terms, the most vulnerable people in this process - and probably numerically the highest number - are likely to be individuals *within* churches, where the individuals in conscience don't agree with female bishops, but where the local church does not seek pastoral oversight because dissenters are in a minority.

Given that it is desirable for people to be retained, protected, and cared for within local church communities where they may have belonged all their lives, what pastoral provisions are intended for such individuals?

(Note - I personally believe in female ordination and episcopacy, but that does not mean other people's consciences should be disregarded.)

Posted by Susannah Clark at Sunday, 7 June 2015 at 8:16am BST

And the result of that "generosity", Susannah will be to delay gay marriage in the Church of England. They will not brook a church within a church for the likes of the pro gay lobby. They will join with their evangelical brethren ( who support women's ordination ) and keep gays out of the Church of England for at least 20 years.

Posted by robert ian williams at Sunday, 7 June 2015 at 10:18pm BST

I agree with Susannah on tolerance, but there should be a quid pro quo here. The church should've traded toleration for traditional positions for tolerance of liberal positions. Not just on sexuality, but in theology.

Instead, tolerance only seems to run one way: conservatives demand safeguards, but also the right to impose their "discipline" on liberals.

This isn't tolerance, it's hegemony.

Posted by James Byron at Monday, 8 June 2015 at 7:53pm BST
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