Anglican leader hopes vote for women bishops won’t prevent ‘full communion’ with Catholic Church...

Jul 28, 2014 by

From The Catholic Herald: In a letter sent to Pope Francis, the Archbishop of Canterbury has said he hopes the vote to allow the ordination of women bishops would not prove a stumbling block to future “full communion” between the Anglican and Catholic churches. According to the Daily Telegraph, the Most Rev Justin Welby admitted in the letter that the vote at the General Synod earlier this month to allow women bishops was a “further difficulty” as far unity is concerned. In the letter to...

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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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Church of England to favour women over men when choosing new Bishops

Jul 23, 2014 by

By Nick Hallett, Breitbart: One of the Church of England’s most senior officials has said that women will be favoured over men when the church appoints new bishops. The Telegraph reports that William Fittall, the Secretary General to the General Synod, told parliament’s Ecclesiastical Committee that when a bishop’s see falls vacant and there are male and female candidates considered equally well qualified, the female candidate should be favoured over the male. The General Synod approved...

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The eleventh commandment – Thou shalt obey Parliament and public opinion

Jul 23, 2014 by

From The Economist: SENIOR politicians of all ideological hues expressed delight at the prospect of female bishops in the Church of England after a long-awaited vote was won in the church’s ruling Synod on July 14th. Politicians of various religious hues, too: Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband, the leaders of the Liberal Democrats and Labour, are professed atheists. Is it any of their business? Of course it is. A quirky constitutional order almost requires MPs to follow the doings of the established...

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Church of England to use positive discrimination to boost women bishops

Jul 23, 2014 by

by John Bingham, Telegraph: Church of England selection boards will be encouraged to use a form of positive discrimination to appoint woman bishops, MPs and peers have been told. The Church’s most senior official told a parliamentary committee that in vacant sees where a male and female cleric considered equally well qualified are going head to head for the same post, those making appointments will be advised to choose the female candidate. William Fittall, the Secretary General to the General...

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The muddled iconography of women bishops

Jul 22, 2014 by

By Carolyn Moynihan, MercatorNet: A Church of England decision adds to the confusion about the meaning of priesthood.  Last week, while the Church of England was deciding to ordain women bishops, Marvel Comics promised one of its leading characters a sex change. The Mighty Thor is about to come out as female. Are these two moves connected? Are they a great leap forward for humanity, or a reckless leap into the dark? Both decisions can be traced to the 20th century credo that girls can do...

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