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Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Bishops: Trust us!

General Synod service in York                                     Photograph: John Giles/PA

Women clergy and their devotees are clearly getting it all their own way. The vote at Synod for Option One brings the prospect of women bishops in the Church of England a step closer. Archbishop Welby's talk of reconciliation has led to a worsening of the position of opponents but a significant advance for WATCH. From their Press Release:  "WATCH remains committed to full engagement with the ongoing process" forgetting to add, only on their own terms in their battle annihilate the enemy. 

Calls from bishops for trust had a hollow ring in the knowledge that they cannot trust themselves. From the Telegraph: "Before they can be considered for a mitre they will have to persuade an archbishop that they are not involved in activity which might be considered sinful – and are not planning to do so." Could that be another hurdle for women candidates too or discrimination against male candidates? 

There were the usual impassioned speeches from talented women who years ago could have done well selling encyclopedias or more recently, unwanted insurance to gullible customers but the reality of the process was greeted with bored indifference when another lady explained that the proposed  route had been followed by the Anglican church in Canada and had proved to be a complete sham. Perhaps because the process already operates here!

In what I thought a very unconvincing interview afterwards, Archbishop Welby suggests that "we will arrive at something that works, that is simple and gives people real security to flourish in the church whatever their views". The question remains, then, if this is the sincere desire of the proponents, why is acceptable provision not made first? 


  1. Joseph Golightly9 July 2013 at 13:22

    So no A and B parishes. But you can trust us to give you morsels from our table. I fear not good news and whatever the trads. say surely it is over. So either put up with what your church 'believes' or find somewhere else where you will fit in.

    With C parishes disappearing why do you need Flying Bishops?

  2. I think the die is cast and has been for some time; the liberals want traditionalists out because we represent to much of a challenge to them. It is interesting to note that it is the traditional parishes which are growing whilst, from what I can see, many others are losing members. Sadly, I see no future for us in the CofE despite all the fine words that we will be enabled to "flourish". We are being offered nothing worth having as far as I can see.

  3. Fr Edward Bryant10 July 2013 at 12:30

    Didn't the late lamented Robert Maxwell also say "Trust me"?

  4. Fr Edward Bryant12 July 2013 at 12:09

    Perhaps I should have added that when the powerful tell us to trust them, that's the time to lock up the silver!