Comments: Statement from the College & House of Bishops

It's the Christmas season with pastoral opportunities all around and this is what the Bishops have produced ... Oh dear, oh dear.

Posted by Nicholas Henderson at Tuesday, 13 December 2016 at 6:42pm GMT

So - nothing, then!

Posted by Stephen Morgan at Tuesday, 13 December 2016 at 7:46pm GMT

Well, I hope their discernment has included some reflection on the costs of their latest win in the EAT.

Posted by Victoriana at Tuesday, 13 December 2016 at 11:45pm GMT

It does seem that this statement is a first class example of writing a lot and saying nothing. I wonder why they bothered.

Posted by Paul Waddington at Thursday, 15 December 2016 at 12:46pm GMT

How one would long to be a fly on the wall at such meetings. Is it possible that even one of the Bishops, gathered in purdah, could have admitted even a fleeting compassion and sympathy for the LGBTI people in the Church they have been anointed by God to 'Shepherd'? I hope a few individual consciences were pricked at the continuing air of hypocrisy surrounding such Holy Huddles.

Can one hope for a better understanding of the situation when the Bishops meet yet again before G.S.2017?

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Thursday, 15 December 2016 at 8:27pm GMT

Why on earth wait for bishops' compassion? Rights aren't given, they're taken.

Look what happened in Scotland when the SEC bishops attempted a half-hearted imitation of England's heroically un-pastoral pastoral letter: SEC clergy and laity rose up in righteous fury, and in no time, their province was on the road to equal marriage.

Same can happen in England, but only when her bishops are recognized as the problem, not the solution.

Posted by James Byron at Friday, 16 December 2016 at 7:07am GMT

As with the meeting of the College of Bishops in September and the meeting of the House of Bishops in November the discussions took place in private and participants have agreed not to comment on the contents of the meetings beyond their own views.

Because, of course, the mind of the house of bishops is none of our d*mn business.

Posted by Daniel Berry, NYC at Saturday, 17 December 2016 at 9:20pm GMT

It sounds like no change to the fudge then... Personally, in this sexually and relationally messy 21st century England, I think the Bishops need to be clearer that they stand by the teaching of Jesus and His Apostles on the nature of marriage, the sinfulness of divorce, and the inherent sinfulness of all forms of sex outside marriage.

Otherwise they are vulnerable to the accusation that they are singling out same-sex relationships as somehow especially heinous.

Posted by RevDave at Monday, 19 December 2016 at 11:59am GMT
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