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Church Times on General Synod elections

Today’s Church Times has two reports:

Traditionalists glimpse hope in Synod election results and scroll down the same link for Winners and losers in tougher vote.

…Canon Simon Killwick, chairman of the Catholic Group on the General Synod, said he was “cautiously op­timistic” that a solution could be reached to accommodate the trad­itionalists. There had been a “shift in the landscape” of the make-up of Synod. “We’re not looking to try and block things, but for some significant amendments in the legis­lation to make better provision for those who can’t accept women bishops.

“It seems there has been some­thing of a shift in the membership of Synod, particularly in the House of Clergy, who blocked the Arch­bishops’ amendment in July, and one might speculate that the current membership would have blocked the legislation.”

He said that the creation of the new Society of St Wilfrid and St Hilda (News, 1 October) could be a “vehicle for accommodating those who can’t accept women bishops”. The idea of a society was rejected by the revision committee, but Canon Killwick said that it would not be a statutory body, but would have its own constitution, recognised by the General Synod…

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