General Synod - Summary of business conducted on Wednesday 8th February 2012 PM
DIOCESAN SYNOD MOTIONS
DRAFT BISHOPS AND PRIESTS (CONSECRATION AND ORDINATION OF WOMEN) MEASURE (GS 1854A, GS 1854B and GS 1854C)
The Ven. Cherry Vann, Archdeacon of Rochdale (Manchester) moved on behalf of the Manchester Diocesan Synod:
'That this Synod call upon the House of Bishops, in exercise of its powers under Standing Order 60(b), to amend the draft Bishops and Priests (Consecration and Ordination of Women) Measure in the manner proposed by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York at the Revision Stage for the draft Measure.'
Following debate and amendment, the motion was carried in the following form:
'That this Synod
(a) noting the significant support the draft Bishops and Priests (Consecration and Ordination of Women) Measure has received in the Houses of Bishops, Clergy and Laity of diocesan synods, and
(b) desiring that the draft Measure be returned to the Synod for consideration on the Final Approval Stage substantially unamended so that it can be seen if the proposals embodied in it in the form in which it has been referred to the dioceses can attain the level of support required to achieve Final Approval,
request the House of Bishops in the exercise of its power under Standing Order 60(b) not to amend the draft Measure substantially.".'
CHAIR OF THE BUSINESS COMMITTEE AND MISCELLANEOUS AMENDMENTS: FORTY-SIXTH REPORT OF THE STANDING ORDERS COMMITTEE (GS 1855)
Mr Geoffrey Tattersall (Manchester) (Chair of the Standing Orders Committee) moved:
'That the Synod do take note of this Report.'
Following debate, the motion was carried and the Synod agreed two amendments to Standing Orders as follows:
"In Standing Order 115(a) for sub-paragraph (i) insert "(i) a Chairman elected by and from the Synod;".'
"In Standing Order 115(c) for the words from "and among the appointed members" to the end insert "(but so that, in its application to a casual vacancy in the office of Chairman, the provisions of SO 120(e)(i) shall not apply).".'