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Tuesday, 17 September 2013

What should a Code of Practice do?

The Ven. F A Jackson's church received a grant of £500,000 to save the Seven Deadly Sins 
  Credit Clerical Whispers

It is instructive to compare what the Bishop of St Asaph had to say about a code of practice when he proposed the legislation to allow women bishops in the Church in Wales with the long term aim of the amendment mover, Canon Peggy Jackson, as she then was, in her GRAS paper for WATCH in 2009. Bishop Gregory said: "The problems are formidable—there are questions of conscience, of not creating second class bishops, of not creating second class fellowships, of providing fruitful avenues of sacramental and pastoral care for all". Almost encouraging had it not been for the reference to creating second class bishops.

WATCH women constantly make the claim that separate sacramental and pastoral provision would make female bishops second class bishops. Presumably this is a gender fixation because I have not heard any complaints from diocesan bishops about being second class bishops in areas where PEVs have been administering sacramental and pastoral care. The 'second class' bishop claim is a simple ruse which deceives the gullible into believing that a great injustice is being perpetrated because everything has to be 'equal' in today's world, ie, the same. A fuller explanation of mono-episcopacy can be read here. This is a comparatively recent concept which becomes clearer if the earlier meaning of epískopos, 'overseer' is substituted.

The code of practice strategy is a pretence designed to appear fair-minded by implying provision when what is offered is known to be unacceptable putting dissenters in a situation of accept it or leave . Elsewhere in society that would be regarded as pure deception. Nevertheless, the former Treasurer of  the Society for the Ministry of Women in the Church, now defunct,  the Ven. Peggy Jackson advocated this strategy in her 2009 WATCH paper summarised thus:

Therefore the Code should:
• be simple
• be mutual (applying equally to both sides, e.g. in the
  Diocese of Chichester)
• introduce no change in the understanding or definition of
• define no special categories of bishops, or differential
  ways of exercising the role of bishop, arising out of issues
  of gender
• be operated and upheld by trust, in preference to law.

Her message is clear but what is galling is that this duplicity comes from a woman who admits that she had no religion until she was welcomed into the church in her hour of need after her husband left her. Such is her gratitude that she is prepared to see cradle Anglicans who welcomed her forced out of their church because they cannot agree with her interpretation of her acquired faith.

Also back in the frame is the Archbishop's last disaster in illjudged senior appointments, the Very (short term) Rev. Janet Henderson. She has emerged from ecclesiastical hibernation to bang the feminist drum again (bang, bangbang here) demanding no surrender in the Church of England. It says much for Dr Morgan that he couldn't achieve his ambition, even with the connivance of his bench sitters, without feminist assistance from outside the Province. On the evidence available it appears that spirituality is not the Archbishop's first consideration which may explain his distaste for orthodoxy and his lack of consideration for worshippers not sympathetic to his revisionist policies.

There is no pretence of care for dissenters from the briefly Dean of Llandaff, just faithless propaganda designed to appeal to the ignorant who are urged to exert pressure on the church even though they ridicule religion and religious practice. From her new blog:
"The Anglican churches of England and Wales need to wake up and realise it is ten to midnight. It is not possible for the church to offer a moral lead when we are so fundamentally caught up in supporting and perpetuating attitudes that devalue and dehumanise women, gay people and victims of abuse. Such collusion with oppression is completely unacceptable to almost everyone in society in the same way that human trafficking and exploiting children as soldiers and for sexual purposes are beyond the pail (but have not always been so). To continue to justify these attitudes seems to most people outside the church contrary to the gospel and makes fools of Christians." And if her view does not prevail, go back to Synod again and again until the sisterhood get their own way. Anyone who doesn't accept their terms can leave. So much for the fruit of the Spirit!

The absurdity of this 'moral' lead is that by implication, it condemns Christ for criminal negligence in failing to see that by appointing only male apostles He condemned women to a lifetime of oppression and sexual abuse. If WATCH women really want to aid the oppressed they should get off their backsides and do something about it instead of attacking the faith of people who have maintained the Anglican church long enough for entrists to abuse them with their absurd claims of discrimination.

So what should a code of practice do?  In GRAS/WATCH terms, first and foremost it must give the impression of generosity. It must ensure that - you have to laugh at this one - introduce no change in the understanding or definition of episcopacy (ie, after they have changed it). It must define no special categories of bishops, or differential ways of exercising the role of bishop - thus effectively nullifying any semblance of sacramental and pastoral care. Don't make it legal in case there is something they haven't thought of to exclude anyone who disagrees with them.

A former Archbishop of Wales said that the devil had been at work when a previous vote on the ordination of women was lost. He was right but not on that occasion. If the promises of the present Archbishop prove to be a sham then the Governing Body vote will be seen as a fraud. In those circumstances a new measure should be put to the Governing Body under a new Archbishop using honesty rather than deception .

Dr Morgan wins, the church loses.Picture: Highlights


  1. As a priest deposed by means of fraud and deception, and, who did not initially oppose the ordination of women, I will say that this was another shameless act of a devious and dishonest Archbishop.

    The mystery to me is that I fail to understand what the Church in Wales find in him, other than treachery and falseness. His non coercive influence on Welsh society will result in history finding it difficult to find any signs of his remains let alone any glimmer of spirituality.

    Clifford Williams Llangefni

  2. Forward in Faith used to say a "code of Practice will not do" Has that now changed to a 'Code of Practice will do very nicely thank you"? Anybody know?

  3. An archbishop using honesty rather than deception-what a novel notion. Any idea when it might happen ?

  4. His Darkness appears to be on an undignified slide towards insignificance Rev Williams.

  5. As a member of Christ`s Church in Wales I can understand why the numbers are falling in attendance in our churches.If you look at the way the bench sitters behaved last week led by the archsitter Morgan people can see the lilly livered way they are being led away from the true Gospel. One day we will all have to answer I like many would like to see this sooner rather than later for the wrecker of Wrexham who is now the wrecker of WALES.WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFE-OUT WITH THE OLD BENCH SITTERS.

  6. Why does Canon Peggy use such extreme language and talk about 'dehumanising women' ,when we, who do not wish to see women in clerical collars , say simply that in the tiny province of Wales,we should not depart from the thinking of the wider Catholic Church.And why lump this matter with attitudes to gay persons and victims of abuse? Joseph Golightly is right : Credo Cymru FinF Wales, started out opposing ordination of women. Now they say 'we are not against women' but just give us a safe haven! Even if we had a PAB he would not be able to relate to the Bench of Bishops,especially if there is a female Bishop in post. There are no options left which are workable. Jump in !( the Tiber)