I find the bishops' letter rather depressing. I am tired of the secrecy which the bishops cloak themselves in at these meetings. It allows a kind of mob mentality to prevail and leaves us with no real ability' to call our local bishop to account. I don't doubt that that is their intention.
What would it take to move this church to a place where no decisions are taken in secret or anonymity? I think that would be a good motion to take to General Synod. That body may not have authority over the bishops, but I would hope that a demand that bishops own up to their positions, by making the results of all votes public, would be hard to ignore. We require it of our secular leaders.
My appetite for supporting these people in pointed hats, in any manner whatsoever, diminishes significantly with each passing year. Frankly, I think their role should be reduced to a pastoral and advisory one. Make all the bishops like the Canadian primate, but in their own diocese: a leader, if they can inspire us on an ongoing basis, but with no real power. End the synodical veto of the diocesan bishop and end votes by order at General Synod. Roll the bishops in with the rest of the clergy.
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|Article Type:||Letter to the editor|
|Date:||Jun 1, 2007|
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