Sunday, July 12, 2009

Archbishops snubbed over power-grab plans

[Times Online] 12 July 2009--The archbishops of Canterbury and York were today delivered a resounding snub to their plans to centralise power in the Church of England.

The General Synod, being held in York, overwhelmingly rejected the proposals which would have made Dr Rowan Williams one of the most powerful Archbishops of Canterbury since the Reformation.

Church bodies responsible for education, mission and finance were to have been abolished with the powers of the Church’s main boards and councils instead passing to Canterbury and York.

But tonight the laity, clergy and even some bishops threw the plans out in a rebellion that will keep the balance of power within the democratically elected Synod.

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