I HAVE contacted the Home Office with regard to the prolonged failure of the CofE to appoint women bishops, or even include them on shortlists for consideration when posts become vacant.
Here is the reply: ‘As the Home Office letter indicates the European Convention on Human Rights allows the CofE to express its religious beliefs not to impose then onto the implementation of their ‘internal affairs’. Nor, is it my opinion, that religious beliefs can continue to be legally dictated by a few high-ranking CofE Bishops is defiance of the conflicting current interpretation by the vast majority of Communicant members as to what those religious beliefs are.’
It needs some bold female clerics to contest at employment tribunals their exclusion from the ranks of bishops.
Ronald Rodger Caseby