The Revd Libby Lane will be consecrated as Bishop of Stockport in York Minster tomorrow (Monday) morning.
The Church of England has this published this interview. “Recorded on the day her appointment was announced, it has behind the scenes footage and a previously unseen interview with Libby as she reflects on her faith journey, and looks ahead to her new challenge.”
Thanks to ‘Thinking Anglicans’ for this link with the official Church of England video interview with The Revd. Libby Lane on the day of her election, to be ordained a bishop in that Church, today, 26 January 2015 in York Minster. Libby will become the Bishop of Stockport, Suffragan in the Diocese of Chester.
We understand that any bishop in the Church of England who will taken part in the episcopal ordination of Bishop Libby by the traditional, Laying on of Hands – including Archbishop of York, The Most Revd. John Sentamu – will abstain from performing the same sacramental action on the later occasion of the episcopal ordination of F.i.F bishop, The Revd. Phillip North. This is part of the ABY’s policy of ‘Gracious Restraint’ that will allow Bishop North to be ordained only by bishops who have abstained from Laying Hands on women clergy or bishops.- a condition apparently guaranteed to F.i.F. by the legislation of General Synod when it authorised the ordination of women as bishops.
(Forward in Faith (F.i.F.) members do not agree with the ordination of women)
See also the Guardian Link : http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jan/25/guardian-view-libby-lane-consecration-bishop-stockport
Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand