Traditionalists unhappy with new working group

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07 October 2010

by Ed Thornton

THE Catholic Group in the General Synod was described on Wednesday morning as “incandescent” about Tuesday’s announcement of the membership of the group that will prepare the draft code of practice to accompany the women-bishops Measure.

The drafting group was set up by the House of Bishops, which has the responsibility of presenting a draft code to the General Synod.

The drafting group was set up by the House of Bishops, which has the responsibility of presenting a draft code to the General Synod.

The Bishop of St Edmundsbury & Ipswich, the Rt Revd Nigel Stock, will chair the group. The other members are: Dr Christopher Cocksworth, Bishop of Coventry; Dr Martin Warner, Bishop of Whitby; Dame Averil Cameron, retired Warden of Keble College, Oxford; the Ven. Christine Hardman, Archdeacon of Lewisham and Greenwich; the Revd Angus MacLeay, Vicar of St Nicholas’s, Sevenoaks; the Ven. Jane Sinclair, Archdeacon of Stow & Lindsey; and Caroline Spencer, who chairs the House of Laity in the Canterbury diocesan synod.

The Bishop of St Edmundsbury & Ipswich, the Rt Revd Nigel Stock, will chair the group. The other members are: Dr Christopher Cocksworth, Bishop of Coventry; Dr Martin Warner, Bishop of Whitby; Dame Averil Cameron, retired Warden of Keble College, Oxford; the Ven. Christine Hardman, Archdeacon of Lewisham and Greenwich; the Revd Angus MacLeay, Vicar of St Nicholas’s, Sevenoaks; the Ven. Jane Sinclair, Archdeacon of Stow & Lindsey; and Caroline Spencer, who chairs the House of Laity in the Canterbury diocesan synod.

The working group is expected to consult the House of Bishops and the legislative steering committee. It has been asked to report to the Bishops by autumn 2011. The General Synod will first see the draft code in February 2012.

The working group is expected to consult the House of Bishops and the legislative steering committee. It has been asked to report to the Bishops by autumn 2011. The General Synod will first see the draft code in February 2012.

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Prebendary David Houlding, a leading member of the Catholic Group, said on Wednesday: “We are all so angry and dismayed. It’s clear from the compilation of this group that there is to be no honoured place in the Church of England for traditionalists — that we are not wanted. This group is set up to fail before it begins. It’s one [Bishop Martin Warner] against seven.

Prebendary David Houlding, a leading member of the Catholic Group, said on Wednesday: “We are all so angry and dismayed. It’s clear from the compilation of this group that there is to be no honoured place in the Church of England for traditionalists — that we are not wanted. This group is set up to fail before it begins. It’s one [Bishop Martin Warner] against seven.

“To put two members of the revision committee and no members of the Catholic Group — the audacity of it. I think it’s a disaster.”

Flying bishops deny quick move to Rome

TWO Church of England flying bishops have denied reports that they will resign in order to join the Roman Catholic Ordinariate before the end of the year.

The Bishop of Ebbsfleet, the Rt Revd Andrew Burnham, and the Bishop of Richborough, the Rt Revd Keith Newton, both Provincial Epis­copal Visitors, were said last week to have decided to leave the C of E and accept the Pope’s invitation to join the Ordinariate within the Roman Catholic Church.

TWO Church of England flying bishops have denied reports that they will resign in order to join the Roman Catholic Ordinariate before the end of the year.

The Catholic Herald reported last week: “Senior Anglo-Catholic bishops are likely to take up the Pope’s offer of an Ordinariate before the end of the year.” Bishop Burnham was quoted in The Tablet as saying that Pope Bene­dict had made the offer “and I’ve decided to respond to it”.

This statement, however, does not make clear what his response might be, and does not come with a date attached. Bishop Burnham said last Friday: “If there is to be an announcement, it will be early in the new year.” Bishop Newton said last Friday that he had not re-signed: “There’s nothing definite yet.”

The two bishops will be on study leave from tomorrow until the end of December.

A report published in the parish magazine of All Saints’, Clifton, of a meeting of the Ebbsfleet Lay Con­gress, which took place in Somerset on 25 September, described Bishop Newton as saying that he “hopes to join the Ordinariate”, as “I no longer believe it is possible to be a Catholic in the Church of England.” He was reported as saying that he “expects . . . that the Ordinariate could start in January 2011”.

The report also said that Bishop Burnham favoured joining the Or­dinariate, and was not optimistic about the new Society of St Wilfrid and St Hilda for Catholic clergy and laity (News, 1 October).

Earlier this year, Bishop Burnham and Bishop Newton, with the Bishop of Fulham, the Rt Revd John Broad­hurst, travelled to Rome to meet members of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (News, 7 May).

Bishops Burnham and Newton said in a statement to The Catholic Herald last week that the offer of the Ordinariate was not dependent on any action by the C of E’s General Synod. “The initiative should be judged on its own merit. It will require courage and vision on the part of those who accept the invitation, particularly among the first to respond.”

 

 

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