Church in Wales votes to permit women bishops

Cheers and applause greeted the result as it was announced at the Governing Body, which is meeting at the University of Wales, Trinity St David in Lampeter, Ceredigion.
Members of the Governing Body removed a clause which would have delayed the implementation of the Bill until a separate Bill providing statutory provision for opponents had been passed.
Instead, the Bill To Enable Women To Be Consecrated As Bishops will take effect next year (12 September 2014); and the Bench of Bishops will now have to prepare a code of practice ‘without delay’ to provide for ‘those who in conscience dissent’ from the ordination of women to the episcopate.
The Archbishop of Wales, Dr Barry Morgan, said that the bishops would ‘consult widely’ on the code of practice, and would ensure it was debated at the next meeting of the Governing Body at Llandudno in April before being presented in its final form next September.
The voting figures for the Bill, which required a two-third majority in each House, were:
Laity: 57 Ayes, 14 Noes and two abstentions
Clergy: 37 Ayes, 10 Noes
Bishops: 6 Ayes

Police criticised for preacher arrest

POLICE officers must be told that preachers speaking on homosexuality are not acting unlawfully, a Christian group is demanding. The Christian Legal Centre (CLC) has written to the Metropolitan Police following the arrest of a speaker in Wimbledon this month for suggesting that homosexual practice is sinful. Tony Miano was reported to police after preaching on 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12 on the need to abstain from sexual immorality when a passer-by reported him to the police for a homophobic offence, and he was questioned for 7 hours. But the CLC argues: ‘The questioning is unlawful as intrusive to “private life” within Article 8 of the European Convention; and to the “forum internum” within Article 9 of the Convention: Smith & Grady v United Kingdom (1999).’ From the transcript it appears as though the officers are convinced that if someone perceives there to have been a ‘homophobic incident’ then they believe an offence has occurred and therefore the speaker can be arrested. ‘We remain of the view that no reasonable police officer would arrest a Christian for preaching a Bible message in the circumstances of this case, nor pursue such an offensive line of questioning.’