Statement on Bishop Philip North

Feb 25, 2017 by

In response to an enquiry from the Guardian on 23 February 2017 on an article concerning Bishop Philip North the Church of England’s Communication office provided the following response:

“Many if not all of Martyn Percy’s arguments were raised and presented during and before the General Synod debates on this issue in 2014. In supporting the ordination of Women as Bishops the Synod overwhelmingly rejected these arguments and favoured a position of mutual flourishing for all in the Church.

As Martyn Percy’s article makes clear Bishop Philip has stated in a meeting to women clergy in the diocese that he is favour of women’s leadership and would actively promote it.

The beauty of the Church of England is its theological breadth and its ability to hold together disparate views across a range of issues whilst still finding unity in Jesus Christ.

The Church of England supports all orders of ministry being open equally, irrespective of gender, and remains committed to enabling all people to flourish within its life and structures.”

The Guardian article can be read here

Read statement here

Read also: John Sentamu: Your have my word – female clergy will not be undermined by new Bishop of Sheffield, Yorkshsire Post

Church comes out fighting for conservative bishop in row over women’s ordination by Harry Farley, Christian Today

If Philip North can’t be Bishop of Sheffield, the Church of England ceases to be catholic by Archbishop Cranmer


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