Over the weekend I noted this article in the Telegraph:
A group of influential MPs will tomorrow call for Parliament to intervene over the historic reform as fears grow that the Church will reject plans allowing female bishops.
However, Mr Field has tabled an early day motion, which could abolish the Church’s current exemption from equality laws relating to gender discrimination and ultimately force it to consecrate women.
This is the wording of the Early Day Motion:
That this House welcomes the current moves by the General Synod of the Church of England to pass legislation permitting women to be bishops; notes that the Synod is currently engaged in consulting the Dioceses on the Women in the Episcopate: draft bishops and priests (consecration and ordination of women) Measure; further notes that General Synod expects to debate the final approval stage of the Measure in July 2012; encourages the House of Bishops to commend the Measure as currently drafted; and calls on Her Majesty’s Government to remove any exemptions pertaining to gender under existing equality legislation, in the event that the Measure has overwhelming support in the dioceses but fails through a technicality to receive final approval in General Synod.
I found this so odd on a number of fronts, I decided to wait for analysis from other bloggers.
I urge you to hop over to their blogs, as I would simply echo their observations:
UPDATE: Maggie Dawn has now blogged on this also.
ANOTHER UPDATE: Cranmer’s Curate has blogged on this and notes that Frank Field MP is chairman of the King James Bible Trust.