Fulcrum Statement on Women Bishops

Posted by Kendall Harmon

From here:
Fulcrum fully supports women bishops and hopes that the Measure passes through the General Synod in November. We believe that this is the view of most evangelicals in the Church of England. We agree with CEEC that all members of General Synod must prayerfully consider the good of the whole church and vote with a clear conscience. We hope that all those who want women bishops will vote for the Measure. We further hope that those who are against will be able in good conscience to abstain, recognising that it is clearly the will of the Church to proceed, and then work with the provision, which is unlikely to be strengthened should the legislation fall this time.

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Posted October 24, 2012 at 4:40 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. Mark Baddeley wrote:

There’s a statement by Fulcrum? What could have prompted it? Oh, I know, some evangelical group (CEEC this time) must have had the audacity to say something not in line with what the liberal hierarchy wants, and so its time for the enablers to come out and ‘maintain the evangelical centre’. Seriously, when was the last time this group of courageous ‘evangelical’ lions took a public stand against anyone other than evangelicals?

And you’ve got to love the commitment to due process and the established form of government. We want everyone who wants women bishops to vote for this measure - even if there are things about that measure that those delegates don’t want even more than they want women bishops. And we want everyone who doesn’t want women bishops to simply abstain.

That way we can have what we want - women bishops at any costs - and no-one else gets what they want. They can then try and work out how to function within the new era that has been ushered in so very graciously. As if a public statement like this doesn’t already clearly send the signal as to what to expect in the new administration.

On what planet do you seriously encourage people to ignore the legislation as a whole and just vote for it because they want the end it is trying to accomplish? And on what planet do you encourage delegates democratically elected to not vote on the issue of the day that would have been a factor in their being voted to the body in the first place?

Give us everything we want, now, and trust us. We’re gentlemen and ladies, you have nothing to fear. The sad thing is, they probably actually believe that about themselves.

October 24, 8:45 am | [comment link]
2. MichaelA wrote:

“Seriously, when was the last time this group of courageous ‘evangelical’ lions took a public stand against anyone other than evangelicals?”

So cruel, and yet oh so true…

October 25, 12:28 am | [comment link]
3. tjmcmahon wrote:

Come now gentlemen, certainly Fulcrum is more even handed than you portray.  While indeed they wish to replace Evangelicals with “affirming evangelicals”, they do make a point of doing all they can to aid the hierarchy to completely stamp out Anglo Catholicism.  The latter, of course, being the reason that Fulcrum has fully supported reneging on promises for legislated protections for traditionalists.  Indeed, promises that Fulcrum itself supported only a few years ago, when they might have made a case for being centrists.

October 29, 8:53 am | [comment link]
4. MichaelA wrote:

You are right tj, how unfair to suggest that Fulcrum is partisan - they manage to rip into all the orthodox!

October 29, 5:57 pm | [comment link]
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