Comments: Report from December House of Bishops

Maybe the bishops could consider the theology of having someone who is deeply involved in breakaway movements being on the CNC....

Posted by Cassandra at Wednesday, 13 December 2017 at 5:13pm GMT

Oh No, Cassandra. That would be too confrontational. Remember the Church of England is used to nurturing cuckoos-in-the-nest. It simply wouldn't be cricket to expel any AMiE Board Member from the General Synod - especially from the body that appoints bishops within the Church of England.

I wonder if the Archbishops have invited 'bishop' Andy Lines into the House of Bishops? Now this would be ecumenical, if not good for the C.of E.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Wednesday, 13 December 2017 at 9:28pm GMT

And whose idea was it, exactly, to invite the Radio 4 Today programme in to Lambeth Palace, this morning? Toe curlingly embarrassing. Totally. A shop front for why most thoughtful and sentient people have no time for institutional religion.

Posted by Michael Mulhern at Thursday, 14 December 2017 at 10:45am GMT

According to the General Synod Standing Orders GS2010 there is nothing explicitly about conflict of interest. Even the section on the Crown Nominations Commission doesn't cover it. The way I read it, this doesn't break the rules.

The various councils and committees I am on normally have conflict of interest rules and introducing them is perhaps something that General Synod should consider. Does the relevant diocese cover conflict of interest in their standing orders?

Just because something doesn't break the rules, doesn't mean it is right.

Posted by Ann Reddecliffe at Thursday, 14 December 2017 at 11:05am GMT

The only people who can remove a Synod member are the electors at the next election.

Posted by Charles Read at Thursday, 14 December 2017 at 5:48pm GMT

Father Ron, nurturing cuckoos-in-the-nest is a great description of what the Church is (and has been) doing. We must find a way to block from positions of influence those who disagree fundamentally with the Church’s doctrine and refuse to live by its ethical teaching.

Posted by Laurence Tibbet at Thursday, 14 December 2017 at 6:03pm GMT

"This doesn't break the rules."

I imagine "the rules" do not mention theft either. Or many worse things.

Posted by Jeremy at Friday, 15 December 2017 at 2:15am GMT

Ann - I think the issue is one of disclosure. Certain CNC members did not disclose all their affiliations and ties in either their election address or the Church of England Yearbook. One can’t help asking why, and what role transparency should play. I know at least one Synod member has made a formal complaint about this.

Regarding access to Lambeth Palace in R4 yesterday, would it be too cynical to suggest the timing might just have been chosen to ensure the papers were full of that news story this morning, rather than the critical Carlile report??

Posted by Jayne Ozanne at Friday, 15 December 2017 at 8:39am GMT
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