Saturday, October 2, 2010

9 Anglican bishops form new ‘society’ in Church of England

From The Underground-

Nine Church of England bishops formed recently a new society for Anglicans who oppose women bishops, but still want to remain in the church and are unwilling to join the Roman Catholic Ordinariate under Pope Benedict XVI.

The Society of St. Wilfrid and St. Hilda was formed to “provide a place within the Church of England where Catholics can worship and minister with integrity without accepting innovations that further distance the Church of England from the greater Churches of the East and West,” Rev. John Ford, Bishop of Plymouth, told the Church Times.

According to the Church Times, the Society materialized during a “sacred synod” meeting in Westminster attended by 460 deacons, priests and bishops to discuss their disquiet with pending women-bishops legislation, and their frustration that the General Synod could not make a provision for their theological position.

The statement was issued by the Bishop of Gibraltar in Europe, the Bishop of Chichester, the Bishop of Burnley, the Bishop of Beverley, the Bishop of Horsham, the Bishop of Edmonton, the Bishop of Ponterfract, the Bishop of Plymouth, Bishop Lindsay Urwin OGS and others, Virtue Online reported.

The Society of St. Wilfrid and St. Hilda will more realistically accommodate those clergy and church members who want to thrive and mature within the Church of England despite the pending legislation, according to The Guardian.

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