|WATCH stall at York Synod last year|
However, WATCH has already stated its position and I hope and believe it will hold its ground. The provisions already seen within the draft measure are substantial concessions. To have women bishops on a wholly unequal basis to male bishops in the church is not just, but leaving that aside, it is not practicable and will create a legacy of division and the potential to undermine authority and callings which will damage the church both in the immediate and long term. I was inspired at Synod in July to hear Bishop Victoria Matthews speak so intelligently and reassuringly about how she has worked productively in Christchurch with many who are deeply opposed to women's ministry - and that is without even so much as a Code of Practice.
I hope that Synod has the courage to continue on its course and implement legislation which has been discussed, debated and finally approved by 42 out of 44 dioceses. If it does not, I hope there will be the courage to say no. We want women bishops, that does not mean we want them at any cost.