A general synod vote went against compromise proposals, offering safeguards for objectors, put by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York.I'm sure there will be more to come on this one, so stay tuned ... but -- for my money -- it is VERY good news that the Church of England has been willing stand up and "just say no" to this ill-conceived and last ditch effort to "institutionalise intolerance" (as yesterday's Guardian editorial so aptly put it.)
And ... for the record in general and for those who might think I'm being too hard on his Archbishop of Canterburyness in specific ... here (from the BBC piece) is what was rejected in the synod today:
If accepted, these proposals would have created a kind of Orwellian episcopacy making some bishops more equal than others and reducing the Church of England into a 21st century "Animal Farm."
They proposed that a female bishop would have full authority in her diocese but "in practice refrain from exercising" certain functions in a parish which objected to her.
A "complementary bishop" would have independent powers, and the powers of the two bishops would be "co-ordinate".
The general synod also voted against an amendment that proposed three new dioceses to cater for objectors to women bishops.
Also proposed in the rejected amendment was the idea that male bishops appointed to minister in these dioceses would declare that they would not participate in the consecration of a woman bishop or priest.
Disaster narrowly averted. Good job, CofE ... Bravo!