Sunday, 7 October 2012

Women Bishops

The latest information is that the Catholic Group on General Synod and members of Reform are intending to vote against the legislation to inaugurate the Consecration of Women as Bishops following the Bishops revision of the Clause 5 (1)c. It also appears that the group WATCH (Women in the Church) who have so aggressively campaigned for Women Bishops are not taking an official position on the November vote because they are still unhappy with the revised Clause. I don’t think they will be happy until they have driven every Catholic male priest out of the CofE.

If the above information is accurate it could mean that the two thirds majority needed will not be reached and the current legislation will therefore be defeated.

This week on Friday and Saturday the National Assembly of Forward in Faith is taking place and, I suspect, that then we will learn a little more.


  1. With no reason to suppose that the current trend in female/male ordinations will be reversed the ultimate result of this exercise will not be equality, the supposed aim of WATCH and their supporters, but female dominance. Only legal safeguards to maintain the "two integrities" could justify voting in favour the legislation but I wouldn't trust them to keep their word once they have what they want on experience to date. A NO vote is the safest option.

  2. Joseph Golightly10 October 2012 at 07:33

    So more years of fighting? If that's true you must remember that because there are now more women being ordained than men this will mean domination by the "fairer sex" so feminisation of the Church of England is just a natural consequence. I fear that the older men like yourself Fr Mervyn will die off so who is going to lead the movement?

  3. Sadly it looks as though you are right, the battle continues, but there are young men coming forward who will maintain the faith.