Women Bishops – electronic voting results

Jul 25, 2014 by

General Synod of the Church of England, July Group of Sessions. 14 July 2014. Electronic voting results for Item 503: ‘That the Measure entitled “Bishops and Priests (Consecration and Ordination of Women) Measure” be finally approved.’ Results IN FAVOUR AGAINST Bishops 37 2 Clergy 162 25 Laity 152 45 1 abstention was recorded in the House of Bishops, 4 in the House of Clergy and 5 in the House of Laity. The motion was carried after a division by Houses Read here  ...

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Peter Tatchell: I am considering outing bishops who discipline married gay clergy

Jul 25, 2014 by

From Pink News: Peter Tatchell has threatened to name prominent gay bishops, if they discipline members of the clergy who have entered into same-sex marriages. Gay hospital chaplain Jeremy Pemberton had his Permission to Officiate revoked by the Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham after he married his same-sex partner, while London vicar Andrew Cain said he “fully expects” to be punished for marrying last month. The veteran rights campaigner Peter Tatchell said this week that he would out any...

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What are (women) bishops for?

Jul 22, 2014 by

By Ian Paul, Psephizo: [...]  The recent debate about women bishops (which might continue, for reasons below) raises the question of what bishops are for. Those to the ‘left’ who don’t have bishops (but do have people exercising episcopal ministry in some form) often wonder what the fuss is about; those on the ‘right’ wonder at the departure of the C of E from apostolic tradition! It’s worth reflecting a little on the Anglican understanding of the three-fold ordering of ministry as ‘bishops,...

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C of E women bishops: responses and commentary

Jul 22, 2014 by

by Barbara Gauthier: The dust is beginning to settle from last week’s General Synod vote to admit women to the episcopate in the Church of England. Media coverage has focused on statements from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York (“I’m glad we waited until now“) and the tension-free atmosphere surrounding both the debate and the voting (“Joy and Relief at Display of Unity”).  There has been some speculation on whether it would be better to appoint a woman...

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What women bishops mean for Christian Unity

Jul 19, 2014 by

By Ephraim Radner, First Things: On July 14, 2014, the General Synod of the Church of England voted to permit women to be consecrated as bishops in their church. It followed a long, and sometimes bitter debate, and a vote in 2012 that barely fell short of the required two-thirds majority among lay representatives. Part of the decision—debated as to its enforceability—guarantees parochial opponents access to male priests and bishops. For some, the decision was too late in coming. For others,...

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‘Get with the Program’ — The Church of England Votes to Ordain Women Bishops

Jul 18, 2014 by

By Albert Mohler: Writing about the age of John Milton, the British author A. N. Wilson once tried to explain to modern secular readers that there had once been a time when bishops of the Church of England were titanic figures of conviction who were ready to stand against the culture. “It needs an act of supreme historical imagination to be able to recapture an atmosphere in which Anglican bishops might be taken seriously,” he wrote, “still more, one in which  they might be thought...

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