[4] Since those within the Church of England who, on grounds of theological conviction, are unable to receive the ministry of women bishops or priests continue to be within the spectrum of teaching and tradition of the Anglican Communion, the Church of England remains committed to enabling them to flourish within its life and structures;


Principle 4 recognizes our position as one of ‘theological conviction’ (not backward conservatism or misogyny), and one that continues to be within the spectrum of Anglican teaching and tradition. We are tolerated not out of pity and pastoral concern but because ours is a legitimate Anglican theological conviction. It is, of course, the classical Anglican position, and the Declaration says that it is not superseded by the Church of England’s more recent decisions.


This principle complies with Resolution III.2 of the 1998 Lambeth Conference, which called on the Communion’s churches ‘to affirm that those who dissent from, as well as those who assent to, the ordination of women to the priesthood and eiscopate are both loyal Anglicans’.