Forward in Faith to follow conscience in diocesan vote on women bishops

By Michael Trimmer, Christian Today


As Church of England legislation on women bishops goes out to diocesan synods, one evangelical group says it will be following their consciences by voting against.


“Forward in Faith believes that synod members should give their votes according to principle and conscience,” the group said in a statement.


“For members of Forward in Faith that is likely to involve voting against the Measure and the Canon because, for reasons of theological conviction, we cannot endorse the ordination of women to the priesthood and episcopate.”


Conscience voting was particularly required, they claimed, when legislation is referred to the dioceses “because it touches the sacraments of the Church”.


The suggestion is that more negotiated voting is expected at General Synod.


There was an understanding that votes against in this instance would not successfully derail the arrival of women bishops, and would merely be officially registered objections.


“We wish to underline that in making this recommendation we are not seeking to hinder progress towards a final resolution of this issue,” Forward in Faith explained.


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