Final Approval of the Women Bishops Legislation

Posted on the 14th Jul 2014


The Society

under the patronage of S. Wilfrid and S. Hilda

www.sswsh.com

 

The Council of Bishops of The Society has issued the following statement:

  

Final Approval of the Women Bishops Legislation

 

Many in the Church of England are celebrating today, following final approval of the legislation to permit women to be ordained as bishops.

 

While recognizing this, we deeply regret the further obstacle that this decision places in the path to the full, visible unity of the whole Church.

 

We do, however, welcome the provision that has been made in the House of Bishops’ Declaration. It recognizes that our theological convictions about ministry and ordination remain within the spectrum of Anglican teaching and tradition. It assures us that bishops will continue to be consecrated within the Church of England who can provide episcopal ministry that accords with those theological convictions. It makes provision for parishes to gain access to that episcopal ministry by passing resolutions.

 

This gives us confidence in our future as catholics who are called to live out our Christian vocation in the Church of England. For this we give thanks to God.

  

On behalf of the Council of Bishops                         

 

  TONY PONTEFRACT                                         

The Rt Revd Tony Robinson                                            

Bishop of Pontefract

Chairman

 



Women Bishops: Statement from the Catholic Group in General Synod

Posted on the 14th Jul 2014


We are pleased that the spirit of reconciliation continued to be displayed during the debate and that the Church of England is committed to providing bishops and priests for our parishes enabling us to flourish in the life and structures of our Church.

 

We welcome the clear recognition that the introduction of women bishops is set within a broader process of discernment within the Anglican Communion and the whole Church of God.


While we are deeply concerned about the consequences for the wider unity of the whole Church, we remain committed to working together with all in the Church of England to further the mission of the Church to the nation, and to model a way of living and working together despite deeply-held differences.

 



Women Bishops: Statement from Forward in Faith

Posted on the 14th Jul 2014


Forward in Faith thanks its members who serve in the Catholic Group in General Synod for their faithful witness, and for the hard work that has secured the provision that enables us to look to the future with confidence.

 

We note that resolutions under the 1993 Measure and Act of Synod remain in force. We are preparing advice for parishes on replacing them after November with new resolutions under the House of Bishops’ Declaration.

 

We welcome the statement issued today by the Council of Bishops of The Society:

http://www.sswsh.com/fullposts.php?id=117

 

  JONATHAN FULHAM

The Rt Revd Jonathan Baker

Bishop of Fulham

Chairman

 



Prayer for the Catholic Group in General Synod

Posted on the 9th Jul 2014


Forward in Faith invites all of its members to pray for the members of the Catholic Group as the General Synod comes to debate final approval of the Women Bishops legislation. It is going to be a difficult and challenging time for our brothers and sisters in York. We wish them well and thank them for their witness to the Faith and their commitment to catholic order in the Church of England.


  JONATHAN FULHAM                            COLIN PODMORE

The Rt Revd Jonathan Baker                     Dr Colin Podmore

Chairman                                                       Director

 



The July 2014 Sessions of the General Synod

Posted on the 7th Jul 2014


The Chairman of the Catholic Group in General Synod, Canon Simon Killwick, has issued the following statement:

 

“Following the failure of the previous legislation in November 2012, the Catholic Group immediately called for round-table talks to agree on a new package which could be fast-tracked through the Synod.  These talks have been amazingly fruitful in that they have generated a new package which provides a way forward for everyone in the Church of England and the package is being fast-tracked through the Synod  with the added bonus in the creation of a much more positive atmosphere of trust, generosity and mutual respect.  We look forward to this new atmosphere pervading the debates at the forthcoming  Synod and beyond, so that we can all move forward as one.”

 

Please pray for the members of the General Synod, which meets in York from Friday 10 July to Tuesday 15 July:

www.praynovena.org.uk

 



 

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