AFP: Anglicans await key ruling on women bishops

The General Synod is meeting in York, northern England, the second most important city in the church after Canterbury.

Members will be asked to back a motion calling for a national code of practice to accommodate parishes which cannot accept women bishops.

The Right Reverend John Packer, the Bishop of Ripon and Leeds, will attempt to amend this motion by putting forward proposals for work on two possible ways forward.

One option would be for a national code — but the other would be to explore the creation of a new class of “super bishop” called a “complementary bishop” to cater for objectors.

Under Packer’s proposals, there would be three “super bishops.

Packer’s proposals come amid calls from a significant number of General Synod members for a delay in pressing ahead with legislation to introduce women bishops.

The archbishops of Canterbury and York, the two most senior figures in the church, are understood to favour a compromise that would avoid an exodus of the most conservative wing, The Times newspapaper said.

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2 comments on “AFP: Anglicans await key ruling on women bishops

  1. New Reformation Advocate says:

    So be debate today could go as late as 10 pm York time, or 5 pm Eastern/2pm Pacific time. Let’s keep praying that some reasonable compromise can be reached.

    If the proposal for three “super bishops” wins approval, it could provide a model for overlapping jurisdictions elsewhere. But still, what General Synod gives, General Synod can later take away. The deeper, underlying issues would still remain unresolved.

    We would still have two rival religions, two competing and mutually exclusive gospels, under one roof. And as the Master himself said, “A house divided against itself cannot stand” (Mark 3:25).

    David Handy+

  2. New Reformation Advocate says:

    Oops. A glaring typo with the second word (off to a poor start today). I meant, “So the debate today…”

    In Wales, it seems that many liberals voted against a similar recent measure allowing WO with protections for the dissenting conservative minority, preferring an all or nothing approach. We’ll see if the English are inclined to do the same, or if some compromise will prevail.

    David Handy+