process received overwhelming support from the House of Bishops in both their
discussions and in the final vote.
In discussion the Bishops welcomed the simplicity of the new text, its
emphasis on respect and the process of dialogue with parishes that it will
The final text proposed by the House of Bishops is:
Substitute for the words in clause 5(1)(c):" the selection of male bishops
and male priests in a manner which respects the grounds on which parochial
church councils issue Letters of Request under section 3"
The House also agreed to establish a group to develop the illustrative draft
Code of Practice published in January to give effect to the new provision.
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Members of Forward in Faith can take some comfort from the House of Bishops’ recent decision to resist calls to delete clause 5(1)(c) of the Women Bishops’ draft Measure, added by the House in May.The revised clause, with the welcome language of ‘respect’ at its heart, indicates that the theological
convictions held by traditional catholics and orthodox evangelicals on this disputed question continue to occupy an authentic and honourable place in
Anglican teaching and practice.
Should this draft legislation receive Final Approval in November, the proposed Code of Practice will assume huge significance in setting out the manner in which the
new clause 5(1)(c) will be interpreted and implemented.There is,
therefore, a good deal more work to be done on the legislative package as a
whole before its full implications for traditionalists can be properly
the meantime, attention returns to the text of the draft Measure as a whole, in
advance of the debate on Final Approval.The question for members
of General Synod remains the same: is this legislation fit for purpose in
meeting the needs of all members of the Church of England, both those who
welcome, and those unable to receive, the development of ordaining women as