Church of England adjourns debate on female bishops

UPDATED below:

Breaking news from the General Synod of the Church of England:

General Synod has passed a motion (by 288 votes for to 144 votes against with 15 recorded abstentions) today, to adjourn the Final Approval debate on the draft Bishops and Priests (Consecration and Ordination of Women) Measure to enable the amendment made in May to clause 5 to be reconsidered by the House of Bishops. The House will meet for that purpose in September. When it does so it will have power to amend the part of the text of the draft Measure previously altered by the amendment it made in May to clause 5.

The Archbishops have confirmed that, following reconsideration by the House, the General Synod will meet in November (19-21) in London to resume the Final Approval debate in the light of the House of Bishop’s consideration.

The Bishop of Dover the Rt Revd Trevor Willmott, on behalf of the Steering Committee successfully moved the motion this morning proposing that the debate on the motion for the Final Approval be adjourned.

The current draft of the legislation was unpopular with many of those who support ordaining women to the episcopacy because they believed that amendments made by the church’s bishops constituted unacceptable concessions to opponents of the legislation.

It is controversial because a small committee of bishops added language to the legislation that many of the original supporters of the legislation believe would render female bishops as second class citizens in the episcopacy.


More on what is next here on the Church of England website.

Anglican Communion News Service report.

ABC’s speech on the motion for adjournment

Thinking Anglicans has a roundup of reports and comments (and comment in the guise of reports)

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