Jackson motion on traditionalists defeated in Church in Wales Governing Body

May 4, 2019 by

by Tim Wyatt, Church Times:

AN ATTEMPT to bar traditionalists from ordination in the Church in Wales has been heavily defeated at a meeting of the Church’s Governing Body in Cardiff.

The private member’s motion called on the Bishops to refuse to ordain any candidate who objected to the ministry of women priests and bishops. This would involve retracting conscience provisions created in a Code of Practice in 2014 when the Church authorised the consecration of women bishops in the first place (News, 1 May).

But, after an hour-long debate in the Governing Body (GB), members voted overwhelmingly to reject the motion, proposed by the Archdeacon of Llandaff, the Ven. Peggy Jackson.

Sixty-three people voted against her proposal, 20 abstained and 19 voted for it. Two of the Church’s six bishops, however — the Bishops of Bangor, the Rt Revd Andy John, and St Davids, the Rt Revd Joanna Penberthy — indicated their support for the motion.

The debate, which was expected to be vigorous and extended, was in fact cut short after all ten speakers urged the GB to reject the motion.

Several said that the prospect of the discussion had given them sleepless nights. Others spoke of the dismay felt in some parts of the Church that such a divisive issue was being brought to the fore again.

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