1 July 2010: Catholic Group reacts to Archbishops' amendments
A STATEMENT ISSUED BY THE CATHOLIC GROUP IN GENERAL SYNOD
We welcome the publication of these amendments by the Archbishops and recognise that they may provide a framework for a way forward for the Church of England.
Their availability in advance of General Synod next week will enable all Members of the Synod to evaluate, consult, reflect and prayerfully consider the implications of the amendments.
There are a number of areas of uncertainty, including the need for all bishops to be real leaders in mission and ministry. It is also vital that we are able to hold a principled theological position, looking to the faith and order of the undivided Church.
We are grateful for the recognition of the need for bishops with jurisdiction in their own right to minister to all those faithful Anglicans who in conscience cannot accept the ministry of women priests and bishops.
We look forward with interest to the debates on these and other amendments which seek to provide a way forward for the Church of England.
Here are the Amendments:
DRAFT BISHOPS AND PRIESTS (CONSECRATION AND ORDINATION OF WOMEN) MEASURE
Draft amendments to omit reference to delegation
1. In subsection (1) leave out the words "way of delegation to".
2. After subsection (1) insert –
"(2) The episcopal ministry referred to in subsections (1), (3) and (5) shall be exercisable by virtue of this section and shall not divest the bishop of the diocese of any of his or her functions.
In section 5(1)(b), at the end, insert the words "and, in particular, arrangements for co-ordinating the exercise of episcopal ministry under section 2(1), (3) and (5) by the bishop of the diocese and any other bishop who exercises episcopal ministry in accordance with those subsections".