Comments: Coekin document overflow

Richard Coekin's lawyers reject the archbishop’s press statement but I see no reason to fear that they will not accept the determination.

I myself agree entirely with Andrew Goddard's assessment of the situation, maybe excepting that I would not have chosen "barely restrained delight" to characterise Richard Coekin's response.

So this case may well be a set back for Reform but it doesn't seem very troublesome for Coekin himself. He now has two more episcopally ordained clergy among his staff and even given the growth of the plants, it will be some time before they need more clergy - hopefully by then relationships are no longer impaired.

Co-Mission is an inter-denominational project. So there probably won't be many in the congregations who will be bothered about the fact that these are CESA clergy rather than CofE clergy. Richard Coekin claims, I believe, that Co-Mission has never established an Anglican plant in a parish in which the parish church was opposed to such a plant. So to be told that he musn't do that, shouldn't feel like much of a restriction.

Posted by Thomas Renz at Saturday, 10 June 2006 at 12:07pm BST

Why do I hear no repentance from Tom Butler?

The report of the Bishop of Winchester found:

"...that the procedure leading up to [the Bishop of Southwark's] decision ... was seriously flawed."

"summary revocation was a disproportionate outcome in the circumstances of the case"

"The failure to afford the Appellant the opportunity of an oral hearing amounted to procedural unfairness. Had the parties met face-to-face many of the misconceptions about episcopal authority, the status of the ordination and the Appellant’s involvement in it would have been capable of resolution."

"His decision letter did not, however, do justice to the complexity of the issues before him. It contained no reasoned rejection of the Appellant’s arguments, neither did it record the Respondent’s findings of fact or law."

Bishop Butler has been found to have acted in an unfair and disproportionate way. Where is the repentance?

Posted by Andy at Thursday, 6 July 2006 at 9:37am BST
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