Bishops’ Code of Practice in the Church in Wales

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26 September 2014

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From Dr Christopher Wilkinson

Sir, - After reading the Code of Practice issued by the Bench of Bishops of the Church in Wales, to provide for that (sizeable) minority of the few communicants left in this province who are, apparently, valued, but in conscience reject the innovation of women priests and bishops (News, 19 September), I write with a heavy heart.

I have to ask why we went to the time and expense of meetings in every diocese, which were well attended and constructive, where supporters of women's ministry, and orthodox Anglicans, agreed that they could work together, and where there was a general consensus that we did have a system that worked, a Provincial Assistant Bishop who ministered to those "valued" folk.

The Archbishop of Wales is widely reported as stating that there would be alternative episcopal oversight "over his dead body". How liberally charitable, fair, supporting, and affirming is that? I am sure if we were any other kind of minority we would have the full support of the Archbishop - but it is not, alas, forthcoming for faithful, orthodox Christians of his flock.

The Church in Wales is in terminal decline. Over the past 20 years membership has plummeted. Am I surprised? No. During this time, the only evangelising has been the feminist agenda, and this agenda has fundamentally damaged the Church, because, in true liberal style, nothing else has been allowed to matter, or get in the way.

In around ten years, it is predicted, the Church in Wales will all but have disappeared, except, probably, for the self-perpetuating Bench of Bishops and the "Senior Clergy" teams, for which the Church seems to exist.

When this time comes, and there are no congregations, servers, choirs, organists, etc., who currently fund this Church, may I ask their Lordships, or even their Ladyships, to perform one last humble act? Please extinguish the candles.

CHRISTOPHER WILKINSON
3 The Terrace
Rhymney NP22 5LY

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