From Celia Bush
Sir, - I note, in your report (News, 25
January) on the debate on a motion of no confidence in the
chairman of the House of Laity, Dr Philip Giddings, that Stephen
Barney castigated Dr Giddings for "failing to support the views of
the House of Bishops and both Archbishops".
Had the House of Clergy fully supported the "Archbishops'
amendments" in the first place, we would not be in the mess we are
now. The House of Laity supported the views of both Archbishops and
the House of Bishops at the time.
I, for one, am very glad that Dr Giddings was not voted down for
expressing his opinions as an individual lay person in Synod, as he
had every right to do, and that the Archbishop of Canterbury-elect
so graciously acknowledged this.
Would that everybody else in this whole debate could be equally
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