The motion to move forward on women bishops was passed with 1 negative vote. But there were several people present who abstained. The voting was recorded as 348-1. The official report is here: General Synod – Summary of Business Conducted, Thursday 9th February am. The audio file is now available there.
Details of the rejected amendments are given below the fold. All were lost on a show of hands, except as otherwise noted.
The key paragraph of the motion is very loosely worded, note the phrasing I have emphasised below:
(b) consider that an approach along the lines of “Transferred Episcopal Arrangements”, expressed in a Measure with an associated code of practice, merits further exploration as a basis for proceeding in a way that will maintain the highest possible degree of communion in the Church of England;
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Archbishop’s speech summing up the debate on the House of Bishops’ Women Bishops Group: Report to the General Synod
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Text of amendments that were considered and rejected
24. Mr Kevin Carey (Chichester)
‘At the beginning insert as a new paragraph
“(a) Affirm its belief in mission credibility, episcopal integrity, structural simplicity, ecclesiological solidarity and tolerant permeability as the basis for the ordination of women to the episcopate;”
and re-letter the remaining paragraphs accordingly.’
25. Mr Robert Key (Salisbury)
‘In paragraph (b) or (c) ) leave out the words “”Transferred Episcopal Arrangements”, expressed in a Measure with an associated code of practice” and insert the words “a simple enabling Measure with an enforceable code of practice”.’
The Revd Charles Read (Northern Universities) submitted an amendment to substantially the same effect.
26. Mr Gavin Oldham (Oxford)
‘In paragraph (b) (or (c) ) after the words “code of practice” insert the words “with provisions for both parishes and individual parishioners,”.’
27. The Revd Jeremy Crocker (St Albans)If item 25, is not carried:
‘In paragraph (b) (or (c) ) after the words “for proceeding” insert the words “, and ask that at the same time the single clause Measure and code of practice be revisited as a possible route forward,”.’
This was defeated after a vote by houses, with Bishops and Laity voting against, and Clergy voting for. Bishops 9-33, Clergy 102-79, Laity 73-113. (Note total voting 409 out of 466.)
28. The Revd Canon Chris Sugden (Oxford)
‘In paragraph (c) or (d) after the word “theological,” insert the word “ethical”.’
29. Mrs Sue Slater (Lincoln)
‘At the end of paragraph (d) (or (e)) insert the words “, and ask that the Drafting Group for that legislation include lay people and women”.’