Saturday, July 05, 2008

Tension mounts as women-bishop vote approaches

by Bill Bowder
4 July, 2008

SUPPORTERS and opponents of women bishops in the Church of England confronted each other in the media this week, as the General Synod prepared for its marathon debate in York.

But strong hints that hundreds of clergy might leave the Church unless they were guaranteed legal safeguards were made this week — and dismissed by those in favour of change.

At a press conference on Monday organised by Women and the Church (Watch), the Dean of Southwark, the Very Revd Colin Slee, said that if priests opposed to women were going to leave, they would have left already. “They have had 14 years to decide.” The threat was “scaremongering”, he said. the rest

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