Comments: General Synod: debates on women bishops: 1

Sorry I am not up on the proceedures & methods of synod -- but am I right that this means that there will be no possibility of women bishops in the C of E because of the position of the lay members? (so much for Cardinal Kasper's appeal to the bishops) -- barring the possibility of the lay members changing their minds before next synod (or new members having a different position) -- is this correct? How long are the members in office? Do they all change at once, or is membership staggered?

Posted by Prior Aelred at Saturday, 8 July 2006 at 4:13pm BST

Yes, elections are held every five years (the last election was in 2005) for clergy and laity, all at once.

Posted by Simon Sarmiento at Saturday, 8 July 2006 at 4:27pm BST

Any chance of seeing which way specific bishops voted?

Posted by JBE at Saturday, 8 July 2006 at 6:03pm BST

I find the extent of the shift since the February vote to investigate Transferred Episcopal Authority as a way to enable women to become C/E bishops very significant. Synod members recognize that this is a complex matter. Some think that there will be sufficient laity who voted "No" now changing their minds to enable a two-thirds majority at Final Approval. I think there could be a change in the other direction unless there is real discussion to resolve current difficulties so we end up with a Measure that is truly owned by the Church as a whole. This is not a done deal by any means.

Posted by Roger Stokes at Sunday, 9 July 2006 at 12:01am BST
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