Withdraw Clause 5(1)c
  • Petitioned The House of Bishops [of the Church of England]

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The House of Bishops [of the Church of England]

Withdraw Clause 5(1)c

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      WATCH: Women and the Church

The House of Bishops has recently amended the draft legislation for women to become bishops in the Church of England.

This was despite the original draft legislation having been the product of six years of debate in Synod and over a year of detailed drafting in committee. The original draft had received the support of 42 out of 44 dioceses in a nationwide consultation that itself took 18 months.

The House of Bishops made two amendments. The amendment to Clause 8 has been accepted as a helpful clarification that does not alter the Measure significantly and may allow some opponents of women's ministry to feel reassured without undermining the ministry of ordained women.

But the amendment to Clause 5 has caused widespread dismay. It would entrench discrimination against women in the Established Church and place a permanent question mark over the validity of women's orders. The confusion over its interpretation amongst commentators demonstrates that it would prove to be bad law.

The Church can only flourish when lay and ordained women in the Church can flourish. The amended legislation will be both damaging to women and damaging to the Church: the House of Bishops should withdraw the amended Clause 5(1)c and allow General Synod to vote on draft legislation that is as close as possible to that approved by the dioceses.

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      Thank you for signing WATCH’s petition. The speed at which numbers have grown, and the strength of feeling expressed so eloquently in people’s comments have been a wonderful encouragement to those who have been fighting for so long to see women able to become bishops on the same terms as men.

      Before Synod begins, we will present each bishop with a briefing that tells them just how many people have signed in less than a week, and includes a selection of the thousand or so comments made.

      Now we need your prayers that the bishops and all those who will be taking part in General Synod will hear the voices of the many thousands who are quietly despairing of the national church. The crucial debate takes place on Monday.

      Thank you.

      The WATCH National Committee

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    • Joe Hughes CHELMSFORD, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 2 years ago

      God has given a voice to women to pass on in His church. Why should they not be heard and rise in the church if it is God's will as I believe it to be.

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    • douglas hayton CHELMSFORD, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 2 years ago

      I consider that women should be treated as the equal of men ib the Church. Any view to the contrary is a reflection of society in biblical times and does not reflect modern times

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    • Karen Brangham CHELMSFORD, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 2 years ago

      Church is the very place one would expect everybody to be accepted exactly as they are. If the Church wants to see more people in its pews, it can't treat half the population as though they were inferior.

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    • Liz Paxton FELSTED, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 2 years ago

      Galatians 3:28

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    • Joanna Pratt LITTLE DUNMOW, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 2 years ago

      As a devout Cof E and Woman, I cannot believe that some antediluvian people do not find women equal to men.

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