Sunday, July 23, 2017

Bishops leading by example

In a post on the Church Society Rob Munro bemoans
After the clergy refused to take note of the bishop’s report last February, this session left the bishops staying really quiet, with the exception of the more vocal liberal bishops, and the interventions of the Archbishop of York. On key theological issues they listened and didn’t lead.
He seems to not notice how the bishops actually voted on the two issues that he (predictably) voted against: On the motion to welcome transgender people - bishops: 30 for, 2 against, 2 recorded abstentions. On Jayne Ozanne's motion saying that conversion therapy had no place in the modern world - bishops: 36 for, 1 against, 0 recorded abstentions. But maybe any bishop who voted against the Munro line is a wild liberal? As he was there he hasn't even got the excuse of misleading 3rd person reporting. The tables giving how synod members actually voted are here, the Bishop of Chester wasn't there for either vote -that would have been an interesting vote but I see that Don Allister - with a strongly conservative reputation - voted for both motions.

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