Bishop Libby Lane was one of two women flanking Archbishop Dr John Sentamu at the consecration of Philip North as Bishop of Burnley yesterday.
Neither Lane nor Sentamu laid hands on North, a “traditionalist” ordained in an all-male succession. The Bishop of Chichester was invited by Archbishop Sentamu to lead the laying on of hands and to preside at the Eucharist. Bishops who had previously participated in ordaining women as priests or bishop were asked to exercise “gracious restraint” in refraining from joining in the laying on of hands at North’s consecration.
However, a picture shared on Flickr told a whole other story.
Picture copyright Blackburn Diocese. Photographer Clive
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Posted by Rosalind Hughes