C.of E. Diocesan Synods – Latest Results on O.o.W. Bishops

Women Bishops – diocesan debates – 15 October

Updated Saturday afternoon and evening
Updated Saturday night (including corrections to Blackburn and Norwich figures)

Seven diocesan synods debated the women bishops legislation today. We will update this article as results become available.

A majority of diocesan synods have now voted in favour of the main motion, and the draft legislation can now return to General Synod.

The main motion, which all synods have to vote on by houses and without amendment, is:

That this Synod approves the proposals embodied in the draft Bishops and Priests (Consecration and ordination of women) Measure and in draft Amending Canon Number 30.

The usual following motion (the “CEEC motion”) seeks further provision for opponents.

That this Synod

1. Desires that all faithful Anglicans remain and thrive together in the Church of England; and therefore

2. Calls upon the House of Bishops to bring forward amendments to the draft Bishops and Priests (Consecration and Ordination of Women) Measure to ensure that those unable, on theological grounds, to accept the ministry of Women Bishops are able to receive episcopal oversight from a Bishop with authority (i.e. ordinary jurisdiction) conferred by the Measure rather than by delegation from a Diocesan Bishop.

1) Blackburn passed the main motion in the houses of clergy and laity (which is what matters)..

For Against Abstentions
Bishops 1 3 0
Clergy 36 34 0
Laity 33 30 4

The CEEC following motion was carried: 79 votes for and 55 against.

2) Carlisle passed the main motion in all three houses.

For Against Abstentions
Bishops 1 0 0
Clergy 30 8 0
Laity 45 10 0

The CEEC following motion was defeated.

3) Norwich passed the main motion in all three houses.

For Against Abstentions
Bishops 3 0 0
Clergy 33 12 2
Laity 31 11 0

The CEEC following motion was defeated.

For Against Abstentions
Bishops 0 1 2
Clergy 21 22 3
Laity 17 24 1

These figures are now correct; the diocesan website originally had an error which has now been corrected.

4) Rochester passed the main motion in all three houses.

For Against Abstentions
Bishops 2 0 0
Clergy 36 12 0
Laity 34 11 2

The CEEC following motion was defeated.

For Against Abstentions
Bishops 0 0 2
Clergy 13 32 3
Laity 10 31 8

There was a second following motion

This Synod expresses the hope that the House of Bishops will bring forward proposals which will meet the legitimate needs of those opposed in conscience to the ordination of women to the episcopate, so that they may remain fully part of the Church of England

which was defeated.

For Against Abstentions
Bishops 1 0 1
Clergy 18 26 5
Laity 20 17 10

5) St Albans passed the main motion in all three houses.

For Against Abstentions
Bishops 3 0 0
Clergy 43 10 0
Laity 52 7 1

The CEEC following motion was defeated.

For Against Abstentions
Bishops 0 3 0
Clergy 6 39 3
Laity 5 52 4

6) Wakefield passed the main motion in the houses of clergy and laity (which is what matters).

For Against Abstentions
Bishops 1 1 0
Clergy 24 14 0
Laity 23 10 2

7) Winchester passed the main motion in all three houses.

For Against Abstentions
Bishops 2 0 0
Clergy 23 21 2
Laity 37 23 2

The CEEC following motion also passed with 61 votes for, 36 against and 6 abstentions.

A second following motion

The Synod requests the General Synod to amend the draft legislation to provide for the review on a periodic basis, by or on behalf of the General Synod, of its operation having specific regard to its efficacy in removing, as far as possible , within the context of the existing safeguards, the legal distinctions between the Episcopal ministry of women and the Episcopal ministry of men, as soon as possible and for a mechanism to be established for the implementation of the recommendations of each and any such review.

was defeated: 29 votes for, 51 against, and 13 abstentions.

From the diocesan website: Winchester Diocese says ‘yes’ …just!

Posted by Peter Owen on Saturday, 15 October 2011 at 12:52pm BST
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We are grateful to Peter Owen, co-Host of ‘Thinking Anglicans U.K.,  for this latest up-date of information from the English Dioceses on their Voting for the Ordination of the Women Bishops Measure to be taken to the next Church of England General Synod. From the figures and details gathered so far amongst the Dioceses that have already voted on the measure, it would appear that there is a definite majority of Dioceses voting for Women Bishops.
There would, however, seem to be little support for ‘Special Provision’ for Dissenters from the measure, whp are expecting some sort of Alternative episcopal Oversight – such as has hitherto been made available to opponents of the Ordination of Women Clergy. Regarding the provision of what have been called ‘Provisional Episcopal Visitors’ (PEVs), which formerly fulfilled the needs of the Anti-Women Clergy lobby – in order to be retained in the Church of England, this would need some special arrangements to be made by General Synod – even though the Archbishop of Canterbury has already ordained 2 such  bishops to act in that capacity in the interim. Whatever the outcome of that second clause for Special Provision for dissenters, it would appear that Women will most probably be ordained Bishops in the Church of England.
N.B. Further up-to-date Diocesan Synod Results on this issue can be found at the web-site:
 ‘Thinking Anglicans.U.K.’
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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