THE General Synod restarted the legislative process for women
bishops on Wednesday afternon, after spending the morning in a
debate on the steering committee's report. The committee's
proposals are a package that includes not only legislation, but a
declaration to be made by the House of Bishops.
THE Archbishop of York, Dr
Sentamu, used his presidential address to deliver a lengthy
critique of contemporary poverty in the UK, and speak of the
growing numbers of working people impoverished by wages that had
failed to keep up with the rising cost of living.
The Archbishop of Canterbury gave a
presentation outlining his work since the previous Synod
THE General Synod debated the report Challenges for the
Quinquennium: Intentional evangelism on Monday afternoon,
and supported the formation of an Archbishops' Task Group on
CHURCH OF ENGLAND schools perform on average, better in OFSTED
ratings than their community-school equivalents, the
Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Revd John Pritchard, who chairs
the Board of Education, said in a speech introducing a debate on
the Board's report The Church School of the
CHANGES to the faculty system, in the form of the Draft Care of
Churches and Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction (Amendment) Measure,
received first consideration by the Synod on Tuesday morning.
THE Synod has requested legislation to enable a diocese to be
named after a "geographical area" as well as a city or town.
A MOVE to change the electorate (currently lay deanery-synod
members) for the Houses of Laity of the diocesan synods and the
General Synod was rejected by the General Synod on Wednesday. But
it did pursue recommendations for online elections and nominations
THE General Synod decided not to set up a review of its own
FIRST consideration was given on Tuesday afternoon to the Draft
Church of England (Ecclesiastical Property) Measure.
WORK on the Draft Church of England (Miscellaneous Provisions)
Measure and Draft Amending Canon No. 31 was concluded on Monday,
when final drafting took place, final approval was given,
unopposed, and the Synod voted that the petition for the royal
assent and licence be adopted.
FAREWELL tributes from the
Secretary-General, William Fittall, were "reserved for
people who are hors concours, people who stand
outside our normal categories, unique, unrivalled, without
RESPONDING to questions from Synod members, the
Archbishop of Canterbury said that the report by the
group chaired by Sir Joseph Pilling, which was looking at policy in
the area of human sexuality, would be published "soon".
Photographs from General Synod. Photographer: Geoff Crawford
Women bishops: THE General Synod has
"reaffirmed its commitment to admitting women to the episcopate as
a matter of urgency", and has agreed to set a legislative process
in train again, on the basis of Option One, as proposed by the
House of Bishops.
Presidential address: "Attitudes to hierarchy
and authority have changed, and continue to change; there's nothing
new in that. And, the more they do, the more we are perceived,
often wrongly - but genuinely - to say one thing, about grace,
community and inclusion, and do another."
Safeguarding: THE General Synod, on Sunday
afternoon, apologised on behalf of the Church of England to victims
of abuse for the failure of its systems to prevent abuse, and for
its failure to listen to them properly.
BISHOP ANGAELOS of the Council of Oriental Orthodox Churches
in the UK addressed the General Synod on Tuesday morning on the
dedication of three days of prayer for Egypt. He expressed his
thanks for the opportunity to address the Synod. He had been
explaining to some friends...
Minster service: A MAN was arrested after
two people were assaulted in York Minster on Sunday at the start of
the sung eucharist attended by members of the General Synod.
Welfare reform: THE Government's welfare
reforms were the topic of a debate on Sunday evening. The Synod
expressed concerns about their impact and the use of the word
"scroungers", but declined the opportunity to condemn the reforms
as based on ideology rather than sound financial policy.