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More on the new flying bishops

More on the new flying bishops

Riazat Butt reports in more detail about the ABC’s appointment of two new flying bishops to replace the two who fled to Rome.

Groups working towards the ordination of female bishops were disappointed:

Watch, a group campaigning for sexual equality in the church, said the hiring of the Rev Jonathan Baker and the Rev Norman Banks threatened to undermine the authority of female priests.

A statement from the group read: “They will be bishops who do not recognise women as priests, and oppose the appointment of women as bishops.

“The vast majority of people inside and outside the Church of England want to see the church led by women as well as men. The risk of these two appointments is that they will haul us back to a position where women priests and bishops are ‘nearly but not quite’ on a par with their male colleagues.”

The real question is what will happen to these episcopal appointments once the legislation that enables their work expires.

(Archbishop Williams) said they would be a permanent fixture in the Church of England, even though the draft law on women bishops does away with the positions.

At a press conference at Lambeth Palace, Williams said: “I have two new suffragans and General Synod can’t simply take them away. The pastoral need will not go away.”

Read the rest here.


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Ann Fontaine

Questions from Lesley’s Blog:

– General Synod vote to abolish ‘flying bishops’, ie Bishops for people who want oversight from a Bishop who has never been tainted by ordaining a woman, or indeed ever thinking about ordaining a woman.

– At the moment the legislation is going through the Dioceses and looks like it will be passed.

– The two ‘flying bishops’ for the Southern Province of England migrate to Rome.

– Arrangements were made a month or two ago for pastoral care for those who the previously looked after by the flying bishops.

So what is the obvious thing to do?

a) Wait for a few months to see what happens in the Dioceses (it often takes a long time to appoint a bishop)?

b) Hastily appoint more ‘flying bishops’?


The pastoral need will not go away.

If this is an actual “need” (what would Maslow say?), it’s a heckuva lot less than the NEED of two people to be MARRIED in the church of which they are members!

It’s clear Rowan’s heart bleeds for the anti-OOW crowd. In contrast, for gay Anglicans, he doesn’t give a damn. >:-(

JC Fisher

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