Transitional provisions


41. The intention is that the repeal of the Priests (Ordination of Women) Measure 1993 and the rescinding of the Episcopal Ministry Act of Synod 1993 will have effect on the day that Amending Canon No 33 is promulged – from that day PCCs will no longer be able to pass resolutions A or B or petition for extended episcopal ministry under the 1993 Act of Synod.


42. Instead, it will be open to PCCs to pass resolutions under the terms of this Declaration. Since such resolutions are not made under legislation, PCCs do not have to wait for the coming into force of the Bishops and Priests (Consecration and Ordination of Women) Measure and Amending Canon No 33 before passing them: they can do so from the point at which this Declaration is made. However, as the new arrangements will not take effect until the Amending Canon is promulged, any resolution will not be acted upon until the Canon is promulged; and, similarly, any resolutions under the 1993 Measure or Act of Synod will continue in force until that point.


43. Additionally, the House of Bishops acknowledges that PCCs may want some time to consider the options open to them. To allow for an orderly transition the House has agreed, therefore, that resolutions passed under the 1993 Measure or petitions made under the 1993 Act of Synod should be treated for two years after the date on which the Amending Canon is promulged as if they were resolutions passed under paragraph 20.


The 1993 Measure was repealed and the Act of Synod was rescinded. However, in response to a request from Forward in Faith, the House of Bishops indicated in paragraph 43 that Resolutions A, B and C would be treated as if they were resolutions under the Declaration for a period of up to two years from 17 November 2014.