Priests (Ordination of Women) Measure 1993

Document Number:1993 No. 2
Coming into force:Coming into force on the 30/06/1999
 
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A Measure passed by the General Synod of the Church of England to make provision for the ordination of women as priests, and for connected purposes.[5 th November 1993]Part IPower to Legislate by Canon1 Provision for ordination of women as priests(1) It shall be lawful for the General Synod to make provision by Canon for enabling a woman to be ordained to the office of priest if she otherwise satisfies the requirements of Canon Law as to the persons who may be ordained as priests.(2) Nothing in this Measure shall make it lawful for a woman to be consecrated to the office of bishop.Part IIDischarge of Functions2 Bishops(1) A bishop of a diocese in office at the relevant date may make any one or more of the following declarations—(a) that a woman is not to be ordained within the diocese to the office of priest; or(b) that a woman is not to be instituted or licensed to the office of incumbent or priest-in-charge of a benefice, or of team vicar for a benefice, within the diocese; or(c) that a woman is not to be given a licence or permission to officiate as a priest within the diocese.(2) A declaration by a bishop under subsection (1) above shall be contained in a written notice signed by him.(3) A bishop who has made a declaration under subsection (1) above may by written notice signed by him withdraw the declaration.(4) A copy of any notice given under subsection (2) or (3) above shall be sent to the following—(a) Her Majesty;(b) the Duke of Cornwall;(c) the Lord Chancellor;(d) the archbishop of the province concerned;(e) the secretary of the diocesan synod of the diocese concerned;(f) the registrar of the province concerned;(g) the registrar of the diocese concerned;(h) the designated officer for the diocese concerned, within the meaning of section 7(5) of the [1986 No.3.] Patronage (Benefices) Measure 1986.(5) Where the bishop of a diocese who has made a declaration under subsection (1) above and not withdrawn it ceases to hold that office, the declaration shall continue to be in force until the expiry of a period of six months beginning with the date on which another person becomes the bishop of that diocese.(6) Where a declaration by a bishop under this section is in force, a bishop discharging any functions of the bishop of the diocese (including functions by virtue of an instrument under section 10 of the [1978 No.1.] Dioceses Measure 1978 or a scheme under section 11 of that Measure) shall not act in contravention of the declaration.(7) A declaration under subsection (1)(c) above shall not prevent a woman from being allowed under any Canon of the Church of England to officiate as a priest in a church or chapel for one period of not more than seven days in any period of three months without reference to the bishop or other Ordinary.(8) In this section “relevant date” means the date on which the Canon enabling a woman to be ordained to the office of priest is promulged.3 Parishes(1) Subject to the following provisions of this section the parochial church council of a parish may pass either or both of the resolutions set out as Resolution A and Resolution B in Schedule 1 to this Measure.(2) Subject to the following provisions of this section a parochial church council which has passed a resolution under subsection (1) above may by resolution rescind it, and the first-mentioned resolution shall continue in force until rescinded.(3) A motion for a resolution in the form set out as Resolution A in Schedule 1 to this Measure shall not be considered by a parochial church council if the incumbent or priest-in-charge of the benefice concerned, or any team vicar or assistant curate for that benefice, is a woman ordained to the office of priest.(4) A resolution shall not be passed by a parochial church council under subsection (1) or (2) above unless—(a) except where notice of a vacancy has been sent to the secretary of the council under section 7(4) of the Patronage (Benefices) Measure 1986 , the secretary of the council has given to the members of the...

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