Tainted Prelates?

Jul 20, 2020 by

by Stephen Keeble, Anglican Ink:

On 15 July Lambeth Palace Press Office issued a statement from Archbishop Justin Welby announcing, among other things, new arrangements for the consecration of bishops who do not accept the ordination of women. These protocols were agreed with Archbishop of York Stephen Cottrell after consultation with the Bishop of London and the House of Bishops.

That same day Will Hazelwood, Bishop-designate of Lewes, was consecrated in Lambeth Palace Chapel by Norman Banks, Bishop of Richborough, assisted by Bishop of Ebbsfleet Jonathan Goodall and Bishop of Fulham Jonathan Baker. All three consecrating bishops are members of the traditional catholic Society under the patronage of St Wilfrid and St Hilda, supported by Forward in Faith.

The concession of allowing a traditional catholic to be consecrated by bishops who do not consecrate or ordain women was made to Philip North by Archbishop of York John Sentamu in 2015. Last week’s announcement and consecration marks a regularisation of the practice. Archbishop Welby’s view that the new arrangements represent the Church of England ‘stepping forward’ in inclusivity is not shared by Chair of Women and the Church, Canon Emma Percy, who detects an unacknowledged ‘theology of taint’ in play.

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