Giles Fraser, The Guardian, Saturday 21st July 2012
Bishop Welby of Durham – former oil executive, Libor scandal inquiry member and possible next archbishop of Canterbury – discusses corporate sin and the common good
Paddy Power has him as 6:1 to be the next archbishop of Canterbury. But Justin Welby, the Bishop of Durham, is having none of it. He really doesn’t want the job. ‘Lets be clear, I’m one of the thicker bishops in the Church of England,’ he tells me.
Dr Williams today admitted that the bishops' attempts to find a compromise had clearly failed
Jerome Taylor, The Independent, 10th July 2012
Supporters and opponents of women bishops are gearing up for months of frantic lobbying as a potentially historic vote which might have approved legislation today was temporarily stayed following an impassioned debate on the crucial issue.
Clifford Longley, The Tablet, 7th July 2012
The Church of England has reached an impasse over the issue of women bishops. As conservatives blame the liberals and liberals blame the conservatives – and both blame the bishops – might a candid friend suggest that they would be more honest if they blamed themselves?
The Church is working out its way of life within horizons not of this world
Richard Coles, The Independent, 5th July 2012
There was an ancient tradition that when someone was consecrated bishop they said, ‘Nolo episcopari’, meaning, ‘I don't want to be a bishop’. It is impossible to say how many episcopal careers thus began with a lie, and the tradition was wisely abandoned. The words might be heard again this week when the General Synod of the Church of England meets; they will be spoken, however, by women seeking to change the Church's rules that at which moment restrict episcopacy to men; and they will be spoken through gritted teeth because these women have been fighting for this change for decades.