I understand that at the Southend Deanery Synod held on 17th February there was an item on the Agenda regarding the Consecration of Women Bishop’s Measure. The Synod passed the following resolution provided by the Church of England Evangelical Council:-
1. desires that all faithful Anglicans remain and thrive together in the Church of England and therefore
2. calls upon the house of Bishops to bring forward amendments to the draft Bishops and Priests (Consecration and Ordination of Women) Measure to ensure that those unable on theological grounds to accept the ministry of women bishops are able to receive Episcopal oversight from a bishop with authority (i.e. ordinary jurisdiction) conferred by the Measure rather than by delegation from a Diocesan Bishop.
This will now have to be reported back to Chelmsford Diocesan Synod.
What effect will it have? There is no way of knowing but one Deanery Synod has done its best to ensure sacramental assurance and other Synods, not only in this Diocese but around the country, may be moved to pass this resolution as well.
Not everybody will be able to go to the Ordinariate, for a variety of reasons, at the present time. Some will take longer to make their decision but the good news is that the Ordinariate is not like the Winter Sales, only for a limited period and I anticipate many others will wait a little more before taking this step, discerning God’s will for them. The first wave will be going on Ash Wednesday and others will undoubtedly follow in due course. The interesting thing is that Ordinariate Groups seem to be springing up all over the country see the Ordinariate Portal (click).
REBRIDGE AND HAVERING ORDINARIATE EXPLORATORY GROUP
Wednesday 23rd February
Mass 7.30 p.m. followed by refreshments and the Evangelium Course.
All interested are very welcome