2 More English Dioceses Vote for Women Bishops

Saturday, 24 September 2011

Women Bishops – diocesan debates

Two English diocesan synods held their debates on the women bishops legislation today.

1) At Manchester the main motion

That this Synod approve the proposls embodied in the draft Bishops and Priests (Consecration and ordination of women) measure and in the draft Amending Canon No30.

was carried in all three houses with these voting figures:

For Against Abstentions
Bishops 3 0 0
Clergy 41 13 2
Laity 38 26 4

But this following motion was also carried in all three houses.

That this synod [ie the diocesan synod] request the general synod to debate a motion in the following form:
That this synod [ie the general synod] call upon the House of Bishops, in exercise of its powers under standing order 60(b), to amend the draft Bishops and Priests (Consecration and ordination of women) measure in the manner proposed by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York at the revision stage for the draft measure.

These are the voting figures:

For Against Abstentions
Bishops 2 0 0
Clergy 31 21 3
Laity 47 20 1

2) At Durham the main motion was passed.

For Against Abstentions
Clergy 34 5
Laity 55 6

I don’t have any figures for the bishops(s) or for abstentions, but at this stage only the votes in the houses of clergy and laity count.

A following motion, seeking greater provision for opponents, was defeated with 16 votes for, 77 against, and 7 abstentions.

Posted by Peter Owen on Saturday, 24 September 2011
These results, published on the blog ‘Thinking Anglicans’, show both the Diocese of Manchester and the Diocese of Durham in the Church of England, voting to approve of the enabling measure to ordain Women Bishops in that Church.
However, the 2 Dioceses voted differently on the issue of whether or not there should be ‘Special Provision’ made to accommodate dissentients.
Manchester passed a second motion requesting the upcoming General Synod of the C.of E. to further debate the desirability of providing alternative oversight for those who do not approve of Women Bishops.
Durham, on the other hand, voted overwhelmingly (77 Against, 16 For, 7 Abstentions) against seeking ‘Greater Provision for opponents’.
All in All, a goodly result from these Northern Dioceses for the inclusion of Women as Bishops in the C. of E.
Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand

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Retired Anglican priest, living in Christchurch, New Zealand. Ardent supporter of LGBT Community, and blogger on 'Thinking Anglicans UK' site. Theology: liberal, Anglo-Catholic & traditional. regarding each person as a unique expression of Christ, and therefore lovable.
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1 Response to 2 More English Dioceses Vote for Women Bishops

  1. Hermano David|Brother Dah•veed says:

    I think that we are only speaking of one missing vote in Durham, since there is no ordinary at present, TBTG, just a bishop-designate, Justin Welby, who is not yet in place and but 1 suffragan, +Mark Bryant, Bishop of Jarrow. It is Bishop Mark’s missing vote.

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