Southwell & Chichester vote

Chichester  For 
Bishops  For: 2,  Against: 0,  Abstained: -
Clergy     For: 29,  Against: 9,  Abstained: -
Laity        For: 39,  Against: 25,  Abstained: -
Southwell and Nottingham  For 
Bishops  For: 2,  Against: 0,  Abstained: 0
Clergy     For: 15,  Against: 5,  Abstained: 0
Laity        For: 31,  Against: 6,  Abstained: 1


Dioceses for the Covenant to date: 18
Dioceses against the Covenant to date: 25

There are 2 dioceses yet to vote: Newcastle and York next Saturday, 28 April.


  1. 2 bishops for Southwell & Nottingham?

    1. Corrected, thank you.

      I believe the CofE is top heavy, but it's not really that bad.

  2. Paul, this is your second time to increase the number of bishops times 10. Is something Freudian happening here?

    1. Something like: my love/fear of fathers/authority figures makes me want to increase/emasculate them at the same time, perhaps?

      Something about phallic mitres?

      Or just carelessness?

  3. These figures are quite surprising in the level of their 'support' for the Covenant. I suppose that in Chichester it is less so because as one of the C of E's most catholic dioceses they might have seen the Covenant as a way to stop women bishops. It would certainly have prevented the likes of Victoria Matthews ever being Bishop of Christ Church, New Zealand as in your most recent blog. Why she's supportive of something that if it had existed at the time would have guaranteed that her sisters never reached the episcopate, I really don't understand?

    I'm looking forward to what happens in York next week as I guess that John Sentamu's hopes of becoming Archbishop of Canterbury partly rest on him being able to show that he has whipped his clergy and laity into line to support the Covenant. Will they have the courage to rebel?

  4. Observer, I don't get it, either, that a woman like Victoria Matthews, who has 'arrived', so to speak, would support a document that would bar the gate to to other women to follow in her footsteps for a good many years to come. It is a puzzlement.

    1. I wonder whether there's been a 'group think' phenomenon going on. Perhaps a relatively small group of international activist Anglicans bought into the project in self-reinforcing terms, convinced and supported one another, all talking the same language. But they failed to see (perhaps because their were an international group) how few they were and how little political support they actually had.