ABC promises action following WATCH letter on objectors
On 20 July, WATCH (Women and the Church) issued a Press Release commenting on the presence of objectors at the consecration of female bishops, and hoping that at the next consecration of female bishops, “things will be arranged differently”. In response to its letter to the Archbishop of Canterbury, on 9 August WATCH posted:
“The Archbishop of Canterbury has informed us that conversations are in progress with the relevant people so that, in future, objections such as that at Canterbury Cathedral in June will not be allowed.
Thank you to those who have written in support of our statement.”
Our post of 25 July Acclamation, assent and disruption concluded that there seemed seems to be little justification, other than the management of expected dissent, for cathedral authorities to facilitate the delivery of an objection as indicated in the WATCH letter. However, this leaves the authorities with the dilemma of how “things will be arranged differently”, without recourse to investigating the applicability of the heavy-handed legal options that might be applicable. The indication that “conversations are in progress with the relevant people” suggests that an internal “management” solution is being sought, as changes to the congregational acclamation would probably require the approval of General Synod.