Fifteen Church of England Bishops write a Letter to the Clergy

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Neither the Report of the Revision Committee nor the legislation itself shows a proper understanding of our reservations, however carefully these have been presented through the consultation process and in the College and House of bishops. It remains a deep disappointment to us that the Church at large did not engage with the excellent Rochester Report and paid scant attention to the Consecrated Women report sponsored by Forward in Faith.

We must now accept that a majority of the members of the Church of England believe it is right to proceed with the ordination of women as bishops, and that a significant percentage of those in authority will not encourage or embrace with enthusiasm the traditional integrity or vocations within it. Nor is it their intention or desire to create a structure which genuinely allows the possibility of a flourishing mission beyond this generation.

However, the closeness of the vote on the Archbishops' amendment for co ordinate jurisdiction, concerns though there are about its adequacy, suggest at least a measure of disquiet in the majority about proceeding without a provision acceptable to traditionalists. The Catholic group fought valiantly on the floor of synod and we are grateful for that, and while many in the Church and press are speaking as if the legislation is now passed, final synodical approval is still some way off.

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Posted July 31, 2010 at 3:41 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]



1. rugbyplayingpriest wrote:

Amen! Anfd yet still they pretend that concessions were made and that a code will do….delusion or deliberate denial?

July 31, 6:28 pm | [comment link]
2. A Senior Priest wrote:

Hrmph. The template was purchased pre-formed from Mrs Schori. We all can see how this playbook goes.

August 2, 9:53 pm | [comment link]
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