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Success! The motions at General Synod of the Church of Ireland that have been keeping so many of us awake for the past week have been withdrawn. As the website of the Diocese of Down and Dromore puts it:
The Bishops’ Motion 8a on Human Sexuality did not come before the Genreal Synod on a point of order. After submissions from several speakers, it was ruled that there was doubt as to whether motion 8A constituted a change of doctrine which would necessitate bringing a bill before Synod.
Following this ruling by The Archbishop of Armagh, the proposer and seconder of motions 8B and 8C withdrew the motions altogether.
Whilst the Church of Ireland has seen off these motions today, we must remain vigilant as it is almost certain that some in our church will attempt something similar next year, and watch out at Diocesan Synods and Parish meetings for this issue being raised. Be on your guard. But for now…
Thank you very much to everyone who signed the 8A No Way Open Letter and the supporting petition. Perhaps the Church of Ireland can now get on with issues that really matter.