Comments: General Synod - July timetable

Members of other Provinces of the Anglican Communion, who have already experienced the God-given charism of the ministry of Women as both priests and bishops in the local Church, look forward to the day when Women will be welcomed into into the fullness of ministerial Orders in the Church of England.

The big question on Monday, 9th July will be - whether or not the C. of E, General Synod requests the House of Bishops to reconsider their unhelpful amendments to the original Draft Measure; so that a Woman Diocesan Bishop would be allowed, without let or hindrance, to exercise the traditional episcopal role in her own diocese.

Any other course of action would be detrimental to the collegiality of the role of a Diocesan Bishop in the world-wide Communion. How long can the Church of England (the 'Mother Church') maintain this discrimination based on gender difference?

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Thursday, 31 May 2012 at 11:25am BST

I see no direct mention of the Covenant, or it's failure to achieve the required majority.

Does this failure have to be referred back to Synod for note? Is there any further procedural matters that need to be gone through before the ACO can be informed that England has rejected the Covenant?

I had always expected the English house of bishops to come up with some jolly wheeze denouncing the local synods and saying that they - the important people - considered themselves bound by its words!

Posted by Martin Reynolds at Saturday, 2 June 2012 at 9:10am BST

Standing Orders require the Business Committee to submit "a written report or memorandum" containing the results of the diocesan voting to General Synod not later than the second group of sessions following the date by which dioceses had to respond. So this could be in July or the following group of sessions (which will be in November or February). There does not appear to be a requirement to debate the report/memorandum. So it could be included in the papers for July which will be issued later this month.

Posted by Peter Owen at Saturday, 2 June 2012 at 11:19am BST
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