There wasn’t a pact amongst the Gafcon Primates to keep the consecration in South Sudan a secret. None. The Primates were perfectly free to talk about the event at any time. Second, there has been the suggestion that perhaps there was incompetence; a kind of wishful thinking that the event would never be known. That’s not what happened either. – ACNA
After a week of closed meetings at St Davids Cathedral, the Archbishop of Wales, Dr Barry Morgan announced that the Electoral College had chosen Canon Joanna Penberthy as the 129th Bishop of St Davids. Canon Penberthy was one of the first women to be ordained as a priest in Wales in 1997 and is currently Rector of Glan Ithon, in the Diocese of Swansea and Brecon in Llandrindod Wells.
An Evangelical minister, the Revd Stephen Holland, who isn’t even a member of the Church of England, has now interrupted four consecrations of women in the CoE to the office of bishop. His objection to the consecrations appears to have been facilitated by the Deans of the cathedrals in which some of the consecrations occurred, with him even being provided a microphone to be better heard.
We were front row — just being that close and hearing him would have been enough. Being able to shake his hand and tell him about a ministry we do for the poor and to share that small pin with him was a great gift to me.
In a release from 10 Downing Street today: The Queen has approved the nomination of the Venerable Christine Hardman BSc (Econ), M.Th, formerly Archdeacon of
The Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town, Dr Desmond Tutu, said: “I’m thrilled for you, dear Rachel, and I’m thrilled for the Diocese of Gloucester, for the Church of England, for the Church of God, and for all of us. Yippee.”
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