Women clergy to attend Church of England bishops' meetings

 
Cross and clothing of Church of England bishop Planned legislation intended to pave the way for women bishops was rejected last year

The bishops who lead the Church of England are to include female clergy in their meetings for the first time.

At least eight senior women clergy, such as deans and archdeacons, will participate as non-voting members of the House of Bishops.

The move is in response to the defeat of attempts to create women bishops.

Proposed legislation failed to win the backing of the Church's ruling general synod in November. The Church will reconsider the issue in the summer.

Supporters of the change partly blamed the defeat on a failure by the House of Bishops to consult women clergy about the best way to draft the legislation to include exemptions for traditionalists who do not want to serve under women bishops.

The proposed legislation needed to gain two-thirds majority support in each of the synod's three houses - bishops, clergy and laity - but fell short by six votes in the House of Laity.

In the latest move, at least eight senior women clergy will participate as non-voting members of the House of Bishops until such time as at least six women bishops have been appointed and joined the group by right.

BBC religious affairs correspondent Robert Pigott said: "Amid the bitter recriminations that followed the defeat by the Church's ruling synod last year of legislation to introduce women bishops, its all-male House of Bishops received the lion's share of the blame.

"In particular, their decision to introduce increased exemptions for traditionalists late in the legislative process was regarded by many in the Church as the main reason for the defeat of the draft law last summer."

Our correspondent added that with pressure mounting on the Church to rectify an "embarrassing failure" when the issue returns to the synod in July, bishops are determined to make sure women clergy are included in drafting new proposals, and seen to be included.

 

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  • rate this
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    Comment number 89.

    85/86. books full of words, not facts, not evidence words. Books get rewritten all the time when new "facts" turn up. But the foundation is incorrect. Please realise Christians do Love people. My Best Man is a Gay Man, we don't hate each other. Christians only "hate" if that's the right word, the same evil acts, not people that he does. As for the Flintstones, I saw that as you studies Eviloution

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    Comment number 88.

    Seems to me that faiths and churches that try to please everyone like the poor old CofE, get the most hassle and end up pleasing nobody. Islam, Roman Catholicisim, Mormans and others simply say 'them's the rules, if you don't like them....don't join or leave........but you'd better look out when you get to end of the line if you're not on our train. Seems to work for them with their congregations.

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    Comment number 87.

    What a bizarre and foolish thing to say. Not even your own church actually believes that idiotic youtube fantasy. That's the reserve of blinkered, fundamentalists.

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    Comment number 86.

    63.RayCraig
    'Take a look at "The Record of the Rocks" on You Tube, you will discover that Men actually did walk with Dinosaurs'.

    Sorry but a biased youtube clip does not negate the FACT of evolution. The notion of 'proper' science is to attempt to disprove a theory. This approach has been used by countless evolutionary biologists but every single test has proved the theory. Evolution in FACT!

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    Comment number 85.

    63.RayCraig

    "Take a look at "The Record of the Rocks" on You Tube"

    I tried, but ironically, I found other evidence that man walked with dinosaurs. It was called "The Flintstones".

    If you're seriously using YouTube clips to argue against libraries full of evidence supporting evolution, there really are no words.

  • Comment number 84.

    All this user's posts have been removed.Why?

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    Comment number 83.

    65 - Swing Lowe
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    I suppose it was only a matter of time to note how unpleasant one religion can be toward another.

    It looks as though religions are often a rallying call to bring out all kinds of prejudice in society backed by a holy book of one kind or another.

    I don't have any denomination. All I see are fights between them, and that is disturbing to me, as was your post.

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    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

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    Comment number 81.

    70.stan howard
    Question - if man is Evolving ...

    Man has been evolving and one of the successes of that is the development of intelligence and cutlure. These allowed us to adapt more quickly. The growth of our knowledge has been exponential but our core behaviours are still as they were in the African rift valley 200,000 ya. We use our wisdom, where we can, to moderate them.

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    Comment number 80.

    70stan howard

    Question - if man is Evolving how come since his beginning he has gone at a snails pace in his mind yet in the last minute of a thousand hours gone from horse and cart to rockets to Mars ?.
    ===
    I think language plays a big part, it enables the evolution of memes (which, ironically, enable religions to pop up). Plus the enlightenment (which hopefully will be the death of religion).

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    Comment number 79.

    71.OneWhoQuestions
    The truth is that the modern world has lost touch with God,

    So that would suggest that Satan hasn't and therefore supports:
    -Gender equality
    -Contraception in African countries to stop the spread of aids
    -Science in discovering the wonders of the universe and medical advancement.

    It appears God's love is not unconditional!

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    Comment number 78.

    This just comes across a tokenism. I still dont understand why an organization such as the church can discriminate based on sex or sexual orientation but companies and employers cannot.

    Its sad that as the church continues to drag its feet, it becomes more and more irrelevant. Society have move forward, and for the better. The church has not.

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    Comment number 77.

    As ever, all are equal but some are more equal than others (and if I've got the 'Power' I'm hanging on to it).
    C of E, set up a fellows only , branch, ban women and children and very soon their will not be any body left, sorted !

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    Comment number 76.

    Thank God that Christians do not see the running of the church to be the same as that of society. The female clergy know and understand the teachings of the bible and will only react if the male clergy are going against these teachings. Its quite amazing seeing people whom are not even church goers commenting on deep christian issues. We'll welcome you all back to the pews with 2 arms

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    Comment number 75.

    People of true faith (by that I include all faith from God to Humanity) love without any expectation of receiving anything in return. That’s what is meant by unconditional love. The only point of getting someone to call you Bishop this or Your Grace that is for ones own selfish pride.

    What frock you wear does not dictate the level of love you hold in your heart for God and for Humanity.

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    Comment number 73.

    These guys wander the planet dressed in frocks and pointy hats while carrying crooks - so why be surprised at what they get up to? If it were you or me we'd be sectioned. But if you can delude sufficient numbers into joining in it's called Religion. Trouble is, they think morals based on belief in a deity (who's got his eye on you) is better than morals based on the consequences of your actions!

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    Comment number 72.

    There is nothing preventing people from following their principles and setting up new churches to "follow Christ" according to their conscience. If however they choose to stay in the CofE then they are for now stuck with these sexist rules.
    From my point of view the only issue it that the church should have not role in the state, especially so with its discrimination.

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    Comment number 71.

    No surprises here.

    One way or another, by fair means or foul, the teaching of the Bible is going to be overruled by the insistent clamour of people who think they know better.

    Apparently the church believes that God has lost touch with the modern world, and that its job is to teach him how it is.

    The truth is that the modern world has lost touch with God, and the Anglican church is doing so.

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    Comment number 70.

    Question - if man is Evolving how come since his beginning he has gone at a snails pace in his mind yet in the last minute of a thousand hours gone from horse and cart to rockets to Mars ?.

 

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