Comments: General Synod - July 2012 - online papers

Do the Business Coomittee really think that if General Synod members consider the voting figures for afew months they will decide to have the Covenant back and vote for it after all? Considering all the pressure exerted by the Bishops it is a miracle that 26 Dioceses voted against and small wonder that a majority of lay people followed their Bishops and voted in favour.

Posted by Jean Mayland at Friday, 15 June 2012 at 8:58pm BST

I see that GS Misc 1027 is being provided to the members of General Synod - but I couldn't see where in the Agenda members of Synod were going to have a chance to discuss it?

Can Synod buffs enlighten me as to when this might happen (I think I want to be there to watch)? I do hope that some members of Synod will have the chance to tell the AbC and the AbY and the rest of the House of Bishops to their faces that on this occasion their "tireless efforts" are not really appreciated by the rest of us!

Posted by JeremyP at Saturday, 16 June 2012 at 11:28am BST

I too was frustrated, though not entirely surprised, by the business committee's approach to the Covenant. "We want to change the rules about how the voting should have worked." "It was only defeated by a small amount."

The fact is that it'd did not gain the necessary approval to proceed. They cannot keep twisting the facts to try again and again.

I also note that the House of Bishops report covers the submission giving "the Church's view" on marriage equality. I anticipate that will give rise to some questions!

Posted by Conrad Henley-Calvert at Sunday, 17 June 2012 at 8:57am BST

"HB (12) M1 House of Bishops: Summary of Decisions":

"10. The House considered a draft response to the Government’s consultation
document on Same-Sex Marriage, to be submitted before the close of the
consultation period on 14 June 2012. The House endorsed the general shape
of the response, considered a number of detailed suggestions regarding the
content of the draft and invited the Archbishops to finalise the draft in the light
of the discussion."

It would be useful to know if this endorsement was unanimous. Are any prepared to break ranks and denounce this travesty of truth and justice. Now that the wolf has run amok in the Church, many people will be left wondering this Sunday what happened to the good shepherd?

Posted by Andrew at Sunday, 17 June 2012 at 9:24am BST

Oh dear! Although the FE paper isn't available online, the synopsis doesn't exactly inspire confidence. "Three cheers for FE, it's brought limited numerical growth; now let's invent an ecclesiology for it. Oh, and throw in the word 'dynamic' 'cos it sounds good."

Can these folk spell 'theology'? Or are they all subsidised by Ronald McDonald? As a devout reader of 'For the Parish' and its devastating critique of (eg) the 'Homogenous Unit Principle', I am unenthused but sadly unsurprised.

Posted by david rowett at Sunday, 17 June 2012 at 10:00pm BST

"GS Misc 1028 Background Press Questions and Answers re: Women in the Episcopate"

This is a very cleverly written piece of prose that affects to put at rest the minds of those people who think that Women Bishops ought to be given the same responsibilities in the Church as Male Bishops.

In fact, in giving in to the requirements of the Anti-Women lobby, the house of Bishops is making it very clear that a Woman Bishop's authority will not actually be involved in the granting of implicit permission to an 'untainted' Male Bishop to minister in her stead and in her diocese.

The word 'Delegation', here, seems to imply that the 'Episcopal Visitor' (Male) will not require the permission of the (Woman) Diocesan to minister in her diocese - that permission coming from His own Episcopal Authority, independently of Hers, and backed up by the House of Bishops & Abps.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Monday, 18 June 2012 at 12:10pm BST
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