This Anglican Bishop, Paul Butler’s observation of the conduct of Pope Francis is well noted. This papacy is of a very different order from the previous 2 holders of the post. He is clearly in tune with the thoughts and aspirations of the Faithful Laity, and will bide his time for the necessary reform. Prayers for his continuing leadership wise leadership.

Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand

Through the eyes of a Bishop...

So at the end it all came down to 62 minutes of secret electronic voting on the text of the Relatio minute for each paragraph. All the talking and debating done; simply Synod Fathers ‘is this paragraph Placet or Non Placet?’. Two thirds needed for it to be Placet. It was a strange experience sat there watching all these men quietly and studiously voting. No reaction at any point, even when a paragraph did not receive the necessary two thirds (3 paragraphs did not do so). The previous day’s cheerful lively discussion on the Message, and the morning’s equally cheery simple majority vote on it seemed a long time past. When all was done there was a stillness; work done. Now for a year of further exploration and a return to the subject at next year’s Ordinary Synod. Then the make up will be different as larger churches will…

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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. murraysmallbone says:

    It is actually very simple;since the Roman Church became the Roman Curia;the faithful and sometimes even the Pope are just the populace of the fiefdom.

  2. kiwianglo says:

    A good response here, Murray, might just be “Stop Fief”. But I do agree with you.

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