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Women bishops debate adjournment – WATCH press release

Women and the Church (WATCH) has issued this press release.

Press Release 9th July 2012

Adjournment gives bishops opportunity for the House of Bishops to reconsider Clause 5(1)(c)

WATCH is relieved that General Synod has today adjourned the final vote on consecrating women as bishops in the Church of England. 288:144 with 15 abstentions.

There has been widespread opposition to the inclusion of an amended Clause 5 and this adjournment gives the House of Bishops the opportunity to reconsider.

WATCH hopes that the bishops will withdraw Clause 5(1)(c) so as to allow General Synod the opportunity to vote on legislation that is as close as possible to that which was approved by 42 out of 44 dioceses.

WATCH’s petition asking the House of Bishops to withdraw Clause 5(1)(c) has now attracted nearly 6,000 signatures after just over a week See link on our website.

The Reverend Rachel Weir, Chair of WATCH, said

We are very relieved that the House of Bishops now has the chance to reconsider Clause 5(1)c and we hope that there will be a thorough consultation process over the summer so that whatever is presented to General Synod in November keeps faith with the dioceses that voted overwhelmingly for the unamended Measure.


  • John says:

    Disastrous. Why are people so stupid?

  • JCF says:

    You mean the people whose “amendment” would make bishops-who-are-women *permanently 2nd-class* at best? Those people, John? (Just seeking clarification)

  • “Disastrous. Why are people so stupid?”

    Posted by: John on Monday,

    But these are not mere people, John, they are Male Bishops on the Church of England.

  • David Turner says:

    The Archbishop of York has given a fulsome and unconditional welcome to Vivienne Faull upon her appointment as Dean of York. She will have total authority in her new role and the Archbishop will have to do her the courtesy of seeking permission to enter her Cathedral. Should she be appointed a Bishop, however, the whim of one parish would have been enough to dilute her authority and force her to appoint a parallel male Bishop to act in her place to minister to that parish. Thankfully, that legislation will never be enacted. How might John Sentamu have reacted if, upon his appointment, he had been informed that certain parishes objected to a black Archbishop and therefore he would have to appoint a white colleague to act in his stead for those parishes. The good Archbishop (and he is a good Archbishop, loved and respected throughout the Northern Province), should reflect upon this and squash the divisive amendment.
    We all recognise that, in faithful Christian charity, a significant hand should be held out to the dissenters: but that hand cannot have a PERMANENT place in our procedures. Transitional arrangements, Diocese by Diocese, lasting for three years or perhaps five, could represent the way forward – time to allow both sides to work together in parallel, but in an atmosphere of prayerful goodwill. Votes should be taken in each Diocese and a public declaration made as to whether such transitional arrangements will be required. That will provide guidance to those making early appointments of women.

  • Erasmus says:

    “Transitional arrangements, Diocese by Diocese, lasting for three years or perhaps five, could represent the way forward”
    And after three or five years – what then for Conservative Evangelicals and Anglo-Catholics?

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