A significant complaint from Stephen Barney – echoed by others – was that the speech had undermined the speech of the Archbishop-designate, which happened to have come just before it.
But the whole case was built on a false premise, a misunderstanding of the true nature of the Chair’s role. During any debate only the chair of that debate must remain impartial; everyone else, Archbishops included, may speak as they like, in accordance with their consciences. The very idea that an Officer of the Synod may not do so has simply been imagined. It is not true.
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