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Friday, March 24, 2017
Report: Women bishops in the Church of England?
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¬†Women Bishops in the Church of England?, the report of the House of Bishops' Working Party on Women in the Episcopate, was published on Tuesday. The General Synod will discuss the report in February. The report is a survey of the theological issues the Church needs to consider as it decides whether or not to ordain women bishops. "We have tried to do this as comprehensively as possible," said the Bishop of Rochester, "and hope that our report will prove to be a useful resource for discussion and debate in the Church as a whole." In February the Synod will consider what the next steps should be. Synod will be invited to agree that, following a period of reflection on the report, there should be a decision at the July Synod on whether to embark on the process of removing the legal obstacles to ordaining women as bishops. The members of the Working Party, women and men, represent a wide range of views, both lay and ordained, from within and outside the Church of England. "Our meetings have demonstrated a basic unity, not only in faith and a commitment to scholarship but often also in theological approach," said Bishop Michael. Welcoming the report, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Rowan Williams, and the Archbishop of York, the Most Revd David Hope, said: "We are happy to commend it for prayerful study within the dioceses of the Church of England and to invite other Churches in the Anglican Communion and our ecumenical partners to let us have their reflections on it." Women Bishops in the Church of England? is published by Church House Publishing, priced £12.99, and is available from all Christian bookshops and Church House Bookshop, 31 Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3BN, tel. 020-7898 1300, email, or on the web at: The Working Party members include: The Rt Revd Dr Michael Nazir-Ali (Chair) The Bishop of Rochester;The Rt Revd Christopher Hill (Vice-chair) The Bishop of Stafford Ecumenical representatives: The Revd Dr Anthony Barratt; The Roman Catholic Church Ecumenical Representative on General Synod. Formerly: Vice Rector, St John's Seminary, Wonersh. The Revd Dr Richard Clutterbuck; The Methodist Church Chair of the British Methodist Faith and Order Committee. Formerly: Principal of The West of England Ministerial Training Course.
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