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WOMEN BISHOPS: TO BE OR NOT TO BE [CHURCH OF ENGLAND DIVIDED]
« on: February 11, 2009, 04:09:40 PM »
  Church division on women bishops
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Deep divisions with the Church of England have been laid bare as legislation introducing women bishops passed its first hurdle at the General Synod.

The General Synod will discuss compromise on women bishops.

Members of the Church's national assembly voted to send draft legislation allowing women bishops and a draft code of practice to revision committee stage after more than two hours of discussion.

The debate revealed widespread concerns from a series of speakers including the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, about the proposals billed as a compromise between traditionalists and pro-female ordination campaigners.

The Bishop of Manchester, the Rt Rev Nigel McCulloch, who headed the group drawing up the proposals, urged the Synod to send the draft legislation to its next stage, assuring doubters that "everything" was reviewable at revision committee.

He warned the Synod that throwing out the legislation would mean the legislative process would be at an "end" and it would then be up to others such as the Archbishops Council and the House of Bishops to decide what proposals, if any, to bring forward on the issue.

It would be "tragic" if the Church of England were to "lift up its hands in horror" and stall at the first major hurdle on the issue, he said.

He further warned that throwing out the proposals would "certainly mean that the prospect of women bishops would recede by several years".

Dr Williams, a supporter of women bishops, abstained at a key vote last July in York when Synod members voted to go ahead with preparing the legislation.

He told the Synod members he was a supporter of women bishops.

But he said: "What concerned me about the proposals last July and the proposals as they now emerge is the question of whether they are indeed good news, either for women or for those who oppose the ordination of women."

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WOMEN BISHOPS: TO BE OR NOT TO BE [CHURCH OF ENGLAND DIVIDED]
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