An article in the Church Times outlines the type of provision that might be put in place under the Code of Practice, the option chosen by the Revision Committee into legislation around the issue of women Bishops. The fine details will be debated in Synod in July.
This is welcome news for those involved in the campaign for women's ministry and for those who agree with them. It is, of course, bitter news for many opposed to the ministry of women, who do not feel there are sufficient safeguards in place. Both those from the Anglo Catholic and evangelical wings of the church have made their feelings known. Reform have threatened to withold money and dissuade ordinands - see Church Mouse here - while Anglo Catholics seem mightily upset that they are free to go to Rome and that many are wishing them well, although, to be fair, jumping ship in this way is hardly a trouble free option.
The Church of England seems to have given the green light to the ministry and the fuller inclusion of women, over fifteen long years after the first women were ordained. I hope that traditionalists will be able to understand the compelling reasons the Committee had for the decisions they reached and to be able to accept the provision within the Code of Practice, established for the benefit of those whose conscience is at odds with the majority.