Comments: C of E to fast-track minority ethnic clergy into senior roles

Does this also imply that black and ethnic clergy who are fast tracked into becoming Diocesan Bishops will also be fast tracked, like the two existing women Diocesan Bishops (Gloucester and Newcastle), into the House of Lords and thus leap-frog the likes of Lincoln and Chichester? Or will this happen only if the proposed future black and ethnic Diocesan Bishops are female?

Posted by Father David at Saturday, 26 December 2015 at 5:42am GMT

Interesting idea, but, I suspect, constitutionally impossible. Of course there is nothing to stop life peerages being conferred on anybody individually, but it's hard to see that happening unless some of the existing seats are given up voluntarily. (All of them, preferably, in some people's opinions.)

Posted by Turbulent Priest at Saturday, 26 December 2015 at 9:18am GMT

The Lords Spiritual (Women) Act 2015 is just that.

Posted by Anthony Archer at Saturday, 26 December 2015 at 9:34am GMT

I really hoped we had seen the back of the language of 'talent pools'. I thought they were now being called 'Learning Communities'. Which, curiously, makes them sound like 'disciples' - a name I heard somewhere. Well there's a thought.

Posted by David Runcorn at Saturday, 26 December 2015 at 10:27am GMT

In the name of equality it might also be not such a bad idea to Fast track openly Gay Diocesan bishops into the House of Lords. But of course, in the first instance, that would mean we would have to Fast Track openly Gay priests into Diocesan Bishops. Alas, the multi-talented Jeffrey John, the ideal candidate, seems to be aboard the slow train as far as a Diocese is concerned.

Posted by Father David at Saturday, 26 December 2015 at 2:10pm GMT

So, let me get this right.
In the Church of England, if you are black or ethnic minority you can now be fast-tracked to office of bishop but not fast tracked into the House of Lords.
Women who were slow-tracked for many years are now fast tracked into the Lords on achieving office of bishop.

And lesbian and gay people are being back tracked. Whilst bi and trans people can't even see the tracks.

Is that right?

Posted by Kelvin Holdsworth at Saturday, 26 December 2015 at 3:40pm GMT

Kevin Holdsworth you have won the 2015-16 Episcopal Quiz hands down. With the same answers you should win it every year until at least 2020.

Posted by Revd Canon Dr Michael Blyth at Saturday, 26 December 2015 at 5:45pm GMT

Fr David and Kelvin, precisely. The glaring discrimination in the CoE against gays and lesbians leaps out and smacks most thinking people in the face. My eyes rolled nearly out of my head when I read about the latest fast track. For what it's worth, probably not much, I could not bear to read Justin Welby's Christmas message.

Posted by June Butler at Saturday, 26 December 2015 at 7:42pm GMT

This might even be unlawful - there are no exceptions for the religious institutions in terms of racial discrimination and this disadvantages white clerics. It is most certainly wrong to positively discriminate in favour of one minority while negatively discriminating against another.

Posted by Kate at Sunday, 27 December 2015 at 2:48pm GMT

"The Church of England is to fast-track black and ethnic minority clergy into senior positions amid accusations of institutional racism."

That's got Racism sorted! (or, has it, really?)

So, what about the sin of Homophobia? When will that get a look in on all the excitement about beginning to care for minorities in the Church?

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Tuesday, 29 December 2015 at 9:31am GMT
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