Article 8 of the Constitution of the General Synod provides that
certain kinds of legislation may not receive the final approval of
the General Synod unless they have first been approved by the
majority of Church of England diocesan synods.
Useful documents for diocesan synods are listed on this
page. Current references to dioceses are:
Women bishops reference to dioceses
The Article 8 process regarding women bishops is outlined and
explained in a note from the Business Committee of the General
Synod. Click here
The Business Committee has also circulated four other documents:
a report from the House of Bishops (GS 1932) which includes the texts of the
draft House of Bishops' Declaration on the Ministry of Bishops and
Priests (in Annex A) and the draft Resolution of Disputes Procedure
Regulations (in Annex B); a background note on the new package of
proposals (A8(14)1); the draft Bishops and Priests
(Consecration and Ordination of Women) Measure (A8(14)2); the draft Amending Canon No.
33 (A8(14)3); and an Explanatory Memorandum
relating to the draft legislation (A8(14)4).
The General Synod voted on Tuesday 11 February to suspend
Standing Order 90 until the end of the Group of Sessions to be held
in November 2014. This enables a shortening of the
deadline for Diocesan Synods to vote on the draft legislation to
enable women to become bishops. Reporting forms, recording
the votes of Diocesan Synods, should be returned to the Clerk to
the Synod to arrive by midnight on Thursday 22 May
A background note produced by the Business Committee in 2010 on
the history of the legislative proposals can be viewed by clicking
on the link below.