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Synod: Questions

21 November 2014


Show of hands: Synod members

Show of hands: Synod members

LEGISLATION to fast-track women into the House of Lords may be introduced after the Christmas recess, the Archbishop of Canterbury told members of the General Synod. In response to a question from Adrian Greenwood (Southwark), Archbishop Welby said that the proposed legislation had been "discussed with representatives of the three largest parties, who have indicated that they are in principle in favour".

APPARENT leaks about who may or may not have been under consideration by the Crown Nominations Commission were criticised by the Archbishop of Canterbury, in answer to a question from the Revd Dr Jo Spreadbury (St Albans).

"It is so damaging when reports appear in the press purporting to give inside information and naming an individual. The harm is done whether these are true, false, or wholly speculative. It is unkind, hurtful, and unjust to the person concerned, and they simply should not happen," the Archbishop said.

THE Archbishops have "concluded that it would be premature to come to a settled view" about whether the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) should be given formal recognition by the Church of England, the Bishop of Coventry, the Rt Revd Christopher Cocksworth, who chairs the Faith and Order Commission, said. Answering questions from Dr William Belcher (Gloucester) and Susie Leafe (Truro), he said that the Commission had carried out "some preliminary and exploratory work" in 2010-12; as well as "specific work . . . regarding possible recognition and acceptance of the orders" of ACNA.

THE Bishop of Rochester
, the Rt Revd James Langstaff, revealed that "a proposal . . . has now entered the necessary formal decision-making processes", when asked about progress on appointing a bishop holding to a conservative complementarian view of headship. "It would not be helpful to go into the detail publicly, just at the moment, while those processes are engaged," he said in reply to a question from Dr William Belcher (Gloucester). "I can give an assurance that what are referred to [in the question] as 'apparent ongoing delays' are, as of now, apparent rather than real."

The Revd Professor Richard Burridge (University of London) said that this view of headship was not Anglican theology but something that emanated from the Southern Baptists in the United States. He questioned what steps would be taken to ensure that the person appointed to this position held beliefs consistent with scripture and Anglican ecclesiology.

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