The Archbishop's amendment to the Draft Bishops and Priests (Consecration and Ordination of Women) Measure, will preserve the distance between female bishops and those who object to them by creating parallel jurisdictions that were explicitly voted down by General Synod in 2008 and dropped by the revision committee last year.
Simon Sarmiento explains the proposal in detail on Thinking Anglicans:
First, they remove from the wording of the measure the explicit reference to “delegation”.for the exercise by
way of delegationto a male bishop
This is because the concept of “delegation” has proved to be a stumbling block for some of those who are opposed to women bishops. See for example the discussion in this earlier TA thread from last October, when for a brief while it appeared that the Revision Committee was going down a path towards “statutory transfer” which is exactly what this amendment now seeks to restore. See also the earlier (2006) proposals which were for Transferred Episcopal Arrangements (shortened to TEA) and from the debate in July 2008, look at Amendment 72, which is reported on here, and which sought to insert the words:“either by way of statutory transfer of specified responsibilities or”;
The vote on that amendment was relatively close, compared to the others, but it failed in the House of Clergy.
This point is summarised in the press release from the archbishops as follows:the legal authority of the nominated bishop to minister in this way would derive from the Measure itself – and would not, therefore, be conferred by way of delegation; but the identity of such a bishop and the scope of his functions would be defined by the scheme made by the diocesan for his or her diocese, in the light of the provisions contained in the national statutory Code of Practice drawn up by the House of Bishops and agreed by General Synod;
Second, they make an assertion that this change:shall not divest the bishop of the diocese of any of his or her functions.
Third, they insert into the section about the Code of Practice, an explicit requirement that the code must include guidance about thearrangements for co-ordinating the exercise of episcopal ministry under section 2(1), (3) and (5) by the bishop of the diocese and any other bishop who exercises episcopal ministry in accordance with those subsections.
This is intended to ensure that the Code of Practice does cover the topics mentioned in those subsections.