[2] Anyone who ministers within the Church of England must be prepared to acknowledge that the Church of England has reached a clear decision on the matter;


The Church of England has taken a decision, and that decision is clear. We may still hope and pray that in the fullness of time she may realize it to have been wrong. All sorts of things that we thought had been clearly decided in the past are now questioned and in some cases overturned. No one can be certain that any ‘clear decision’ will not be questioned or even overturned by future generations. We cannot know what is held in the providence of God. This principle needs to be read in the light of Principle 3.