It seems the members of both WATCH and GRAS are not happy bunnies and they are considering throwing their toys out of the pram. They are considering if they should vote against the legislation when it comes before General Synod in July. I’m very happy to offer them my considered advice which is: yes, vote against it. After all you don’t like the fact that the Bishops have made very minimal changes in their attempt to keep Anglo-Catholics and Evangelicals within the Church of England so this is a sure way of defeating the Bishops! (of course, you defeat yourselves at the same time)
I hope the measure is defeated so that there is a reasonable breathing space before it reappears. During that time perhaps a more charitable attitude will be taken by those who espouse, as one cleric put it, “these novelties” and that a much more suitable provision will be made for Catholics and Evangelicals, bearing in mind the response remains “A Code of Practice will not do”.