Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Meanwhile, in the Church of England...


Women Bishops amendments: the actual texts

AMENDMENTS MADE BY THE HOUSE OF BISHOPS TO THE DRAFT BISHOPS AND PRIESTS (CONSECRATION AND ORDINATION OF WOMENMEASURE
Clause 5
After subsection (1)(b) insert—
“( ) the selection of male bishops or male priests the exercise of ministry by whom is consistent with the theological convictions as to the consecration or ordination of women on grounds of which parochial church councils have issued Letters of Request under section 3,”.
[Note: As amended, clause 5(1) will accordingly read:
“5 (1) The House of Bishops shall draw up, and promulgate, guidance in a Code of Practice as to—
(a) the making of schemes under section 2,
(b) the exercise of episcopal ministry in accordance with the arrangements contained in such schemes,
(c) the selection of male bishops or male priests the exercise of ministry by whom is consistent with the theological convictions as to the consecration or ordination of women on grounds of which parochial church councils have issued Letters of Request under section 3,
(d) the exercise by those involved in the making of an appointment of an incumbent and of a priest in charge for the benefice, of their functions in that regard where a Letter of Request is issued under section 3(3),
(e) the matters referred to in section 2(5), and
(f) such other matters as the House of Bishops considers appropriate to give effect to this Measure.”]
Clause 8
After clause 8(1) insert the following subsection—
“(2) Where a male bishop exercises episcopal ministry in a diocese by way of delegation in accordance with arrangements contained in a scheme made under section 2—
(a) the legal authority which he has by virtue of such delegation does not affect, and is distinct from, the authority to exercise the functions of the office of bishop which that bishop has by virtue of his holy orders; and
(b) any such delegation shall not be taken as divesting the bishop of the diocese of any of his or her authority or functions.”

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Saturday, May 19, 2012

A Poem on Saint Dunstan's Day 2012

Early Morning

A Poem



Light struggles to penetrate the low-cloud,
Steady showers pass through form the clouds above.
It is still dark: 
A glow from the Drawing Room fire dances on the wooden floor
Catching its rhythm reflected in the gilt and glass of the Hall mirrors.
A quiet, peaceful morning,  on an otherwise busy Saturday.
Can I resist the urge to reach for the iPad and see what the world will tumble in?



  KBH



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Wednesday, April 04, 2012

MId-time in Holy Week

Wednesday in Holy Week provides that liturgical semi-colon which gives us a breath pause before the intensity of the Triduum and the joy of Easter Day. My 'breath-pause' - along with that of the Bishop's and our Cathedral Priest Assistant's - is slightly enforced this year due to the coterminous  sharing of a bug.

So we plan for an early night, some gentle sleep and fresh energy on the morrow.



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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Finding time for more than 120 Characters

Like many others busy people, I find that Twitter provides the perfect medium for sharing my thoughts, interesting articles I have read and letting my family and friends know what I am doing. Add-ons, like FourSquare, track and communicate my comings and goings without me needing to type a word. Working on the theory that everything you do or say is likely to become public these days  - you just have to live with it.

As autumn arrives in South East Australia, and the daylight is clipped at either end,  I am hoping to spend some more time developing my thoughts beyond 120 charcters  and writing about the places I am visting rather just posting a picture and location reference. As Apple takes down its iWeb at the end of this month,  this Blogger site  will become my main web outlet.

Some up-comming new appointments at the Cathedral will reduce the number of locum 'hats' I am currently wearing and hopefully give me some more time to write on some topical issues close to my heart.




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