The defeat of the Measure: preliminary reflections

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From John Richardson

[…]  At the 1998 Lambeth Conference, it was officially declared that whether one was for or against the ordination and consecration of women, one could be a loyal Anglican. More recently, I have heard repeated assurances that everyone was supposed to be allowed to ‘flourish’ under the new arrangements. And yet despite all the time available, and all the energy expended, those for whom these arrangements would be most difficult did not finally feel that they would be encouraged to flourish, and nor did they feel that they could really trust those who would have the most influence over their flourishing.

That is a tragic indictment of the Church.
And fourthly, I think it will be clear in retrospect that the vote was finally lost not today but in July. Frankly, with the original Clause 5(1)c on the table, I was in two minds as to whether this was enough. And my own ‘Don’t know’ would undoubtedly have translated into enough votes in General Synod at the time to push the Measure through.
It surely has to be recognized that the power to produce a formula for compromise has, for some considerable time, rested largely with those who had supported the introduction of women bishops. Where simple majorities have counted, they have had the controlling hand. But this must therefore suggest that had they been willing to concede just a little more, then we would not be where we are today.
And if their response is, “But that would have been a step too far,” then I would simply ask whether where we are now is where they would rather be.
So what of the future?

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