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Women Bishops

Posted on: July 8, 2008 4:22 PM
Related Categories: England

Report of the Women Bishops Legislative Drafting Group (GS 1685)

Report from the House of Bishops (GS 1685A)

Bishop of Gloucester moved:

‘That this Synod:

(a) affirm that the wish of its majority is for women to be admitted to the episcopate;

(b) affirm its view that special arrangements be available, within the existing structures of the Church of England, for those who as a matter of theological conviction will not be able to receive the ministry of women as bishops or priests;

(c) affirm that these should be contained in a statutory national code of practice to which all concerned would be required to have regard; and

(d) instruct the legislative drafting group, in consultation with the House of Bishops, to complete its work accordingly, including preparing the first draft of a code of practice, so that the Business Committee can include first consideration of the draft legislation in the agenda for the February 2009 group of sessions.’

The motion was carried by a division of the three houses of Synod.

House of Bishops - For 28, Against 12, Abstentions 1

House of Clergy - For 124, Against 44, Abstentions 4

House of Laity - For 111, Against 68, Abstentions 2

Audio of afternoon session (part 1 of 2)

Audio of afternoon session (part 2 of 2)

Audio of evening session