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Synod: Diocese in Europe

21 November 2014

THE Synod came next to the approval of the Draft Scheme Amending the Diocese in Europe Constitution 1995.

The Bishop of Gibraltar in Europe, the Rt Revd Robert Innes, said that it was often "not necessary to detain the Synod with such matters" contained within the draft scheme, but "the nature of the proposed changes in this case is such that an affirmative vote is required in the General Synod be- fore they can take effect."

He said that the scheme would give effect to "two important items of legislation" that had already been given final approval: the Church Representation (Amendment) Resolution, and Draft Amending Canon No. 32.

The scheme would "bring the diocese's constitution into line with the law as it now stands", he said, "to ensure that it accurately reflects the current position as it exists in other dioceses of the Church of England".

It would remove the current limit on the number of Proctors in the House of Clergy from the diocese, currently set at two; and regularise the position so that clergy with permission to officiate could become eligible for membership of archdeaconry synods or, where they existed, deanery synods.

The diocese was, he said, "committed to fulfilling our responsibilities to the wider Church, just as we are committed to making our significant and distinctive contribution to the life of the Church of England from the unique perspective and experiences of the diocese".

Dr Jamie Harrison (Durham) said that the draft scheme "brings back proper participation and en- gagement" to those with permission to officiate in the diocese and contained "some degree of fairness and common sense".

The draft scheme was clearly carried.

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