Comments: General Synod timetable - July 2017

Am I alone in finding the label 'Teaching document' unnerving? Is it supposed to echo the 1999 'Teaching document' on marriage, and also to duplicate its Q & A format? I also wonder how such a document can reflect the diversity of views on human sexuality held within the Church of England.

Posted by Helen King at Thursday, 25 May 2017 at 5:03pm BST

I had a similar reaction Helen. Sadly the Church of England has lost any authority to teach its members about human sexuality one way or the other. The shared conversations were necessary because it had so much to learn. While it will be interesting to hear what lessons it has now learned, that doesn't make it ready to teach. It has to graduate first.

Posted by badman at Friday, 26 May 2017 at 6:50am BST

I'm sorry to say that the Bishops en masse have little authority to do or teach anything as far as I'm concerned, and they have virtually no impact at all on my congregations. This is a shame, for amongst the diocesans there are some with first class minds, including, I'm delighted to say, Dr Ipgrave, my diocesan (and no, i am not grovelling). If I need good quality teaching on contemporary matters I look at the Vatican website, or turn to Dr Sacks, or HH Dalai Lama, to name but three sources. Then, shock horror, I make up my own mind. The C of E Bishops might as well not bother.

Posted by Stanley Monkhouse, the artist formerly known as Fr William at Friday, 26 May 2017 at 4:03pm BST

The bishops, particularly the archbishops, would love to have the equivalent to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. A "teaching document" is their political way of doing the same thing. Their problem is that Anglicans are naturally independent and they are likely to face more critique than the bishops would wish.

Posted by Kate at Friday, 26 May 2017 at 8:11pm BST

If they are going to look seriously at teaching, it wouldn't hurt them to look North of the border.

Posted by Lavinia Nelder at Friday, 26 May 2017 at 11:39pm BST

The Oxford DSM on appointment of bishops seems to have dropped off the agenda. Please, if you are from another diocese find a way of supporting a review (Deanery Synod motions for Diocesan Synod to kick to General Synod, private members motions at Diocesan Synod - check your standing orders - this needs to be a church-wide review and not an establishment stitch-up, because it is the establishment who have caused the problem)

Posted by Mark Bennet at Saturday, 27 May 2017 at 7:57pm BST
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