December 13 2012
The Hansard transcript of yesterday’s House of Commons debate on women bishops is now available here.
December 6 2012
Sir Tony Baldry, the Second Church Estates Commissioner answered questions on women bishops and the constitution of General Synod in the House of Commons today. The full text of the questions and answers is found at the link below: http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/hansard/commons/todays-commons-debates/read/unknown/165/
On Monday’s PCC (3.12.12), members reflected on General Synod’s decision to reject legislation that would have enabled women priests to be ordained as bishops. We were struck by the strength of feeling expressed in Parliament, to the extent that a half-day ‘general debate on the Church of England Synod vote on women bishops’ has been scheduled for next week. The MP in charge will be Ben Bradshaw.
Rachel Weir, chair of WATCH (Women and The Church), is urging as many as share the conviction that women should be allowed to become bishops to contact their MPs encouraging them to attend this debate and contribute. This is what Rachel has said:
“Our supporters in Parliament are crucial. WATCH has been working with them for some time. It is important that as many MPs as possible turn out to show their concern. So please write to your MP as a matter of urgency asking her/him to attend and contribute to the debate.”
Obviously time is of the essence here as the debate is next week (w/b December 10). If this is something you feel strongly about, please follow Rachel’s suggestion and contact (write, email, phone, meet) your MP as soon as possible encouraging her/him to attend this debate.
In addition there are a number of online petitions protesting in various ways against the decision by General Synod not to approve the legislation to allow women to be bishops. The ‘Thinking Anglicans’ webpage below has links to a number of these.