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TEA and the diocesan synods: what if it’s the new Option G?

From Canon Christopher Hall
Sir, — This sad Synodoholic watched the recording of the women-bishops debate on BBC Parliament with a sense of déjà vu.

In 1981, the Synod, after a decade of debate, approved in principle the remarriage of divorced people in church. In an attempt to win the final acceptance even of the indissolubilists, "Option G" was referred to the dioceses. Its complexities won little acceptance, and thus delayed for a decade the wide implementation of the principle.

TEA is intended to maximise consensus, but, if it is to meet all the lawyers’ concerns, will its complexities also sink the proposals when referred to the dioceses, and thus postpone sine die the first women bishops in the Church of England? Will those who have no intention of voting for final approval seek to multiply TEA’s complexities?

When the proposal is referred to the dioceses, there needs to be the option of saying yes to proceeding with the principle if TEA is not endorsed.

CHRISTOPHER HALL
The Knowle, Deddington, Banbury OX15 0TB

From Mr N. J. Inkley
Sir, — In the matter of women priests and bishops, I wish the General Synod would give the Church a lead more in keeping with the parable of the labourers in the vineyard. There, those who had laboured long (and holding to their early-day views, no doubt) received their penny in equal measure with the new arrivals bringing their later-days views with them. There was no mention of zero and tuppence.

NEIL INKLEY
6 Knot Lane, Walton-le-Dale, Preston PR5 4BQ

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