Personally, however, I am still trying to ‘get my head around’ what the legislation currently proposes.
Please correct me if I’m wrong, but as I understand it, should the legislation go through as it currently stands the result (in a nutshell) will be as follows:
1. Every male bishop will be required to put together a scheme which provides for the delegation to another male bishop of certain duties regarding episcopal ministry. (Section 2.1.a,b)
2. A PCC will be able to request that episcopal ministry and pastoral care should be provided by a male bishop. (Section 3.1)
Now forgive me (as I say) if I’m missing something, but what is the point of a PCC requesting ministry from a male bishop if the diocesan bishop is a man, and what is the point of a male bishop setting up a scheme for the provision of episcopal ministry by another, different, man?
And here’s another question. The legislation allows a bishop, if he is a man, to state that he will not ordain women “on grounds of theological conviction (whether of himself or of other persons in his diocese)”. However, it does not allow a woman bishop to do that (NB the issue is obviously “on grounds of theological conviction ... of other persons”). Why is a woman bishop not allowed to do what a man bishop can?
Finally (for the moment), the legislation says that if the diocesan bishop states that he will not ordain women (for whatever reason) the scheme he puts in place must provide for the ordination of female candidates for the office of priest and for their support and pastoral care.
Would that provision have to be from someone who agrees with the ordination of women? If not, is it likely to be effective? And if it ought to be from someone who agrees with women’s ordination, ought not the provision of ministry to petitioning parishes be from someone who shares their theological conviction? Yet this is not specified in the legislation.
As I say, I may have misunderstood, but from a legislative point of view it all seems very confused as to the principles by which we are supposed to be working.Please give a full name and location when posting. Comments without this information may be deleted. Recommend: