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The Church of England’s new settlement

25 July 2014


From Mr Martin Dales

Sir, - The five principles in the House of Bishops' Declaration on Women in the Episcopate are, in my view, five 21st-century additions to the Thirty-Nine Articles which should be signed up to by all of us - bishops, priests, and people - to ensure that all sides can continue, in a climate of trust, to flourish, and, in doing so, find an acceptance of each other's theological positions, as the Church of England is not a monochrome Church.

Perhaps the Church could reproduce them on a small card, so that people can have a constant reminder of this new settlement.


Priory Cottage, Old Malton

North Yorkshire YO17 7HB


From the Revd Jonathan Page

Sir, - Like many, I celebrated when the women-bishops Draft Measure was passed by the General Synod last week (News 18 July). I was puzzled, however, by your selection of photographs, all of which showed only women celebrating. One could be forgiven for thinking that this was a victory for equal rights, or a feminist triumph, rather than the long-awaited and welcome completion of the episcopate.


Christ Church Vicarage

Bridge Street, Belper

Derbyshire DE56 1BA

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