Question 1: What is your opinion of the findings of Sir Philip Mawer in his report published on the Church of England website https://www.churchofengland.org/media/4032634/independent-reviewer-sheffield-report.pdf on 15 September 2017; in particular, do you agree that the failings he identifies in paragraph 190 apply to the Diocese of Guildford; and if so, what action should the Diocese take? Adrian Vincent, Member of Woking Deanery Synod
Answer: Many thanks for your question, Adrian. Whether the failings identified by the Independent Reviewer at paragraph 190 of his Review apply to the Diocese of Guildford is a question of fact which I am not in a position to answer based on my own knowledge. I have accordingly asked for information. I am not personally aware of any specific initiatives that have been launched within the Diocese of Guildford although it is my understanding that all Ordinands are required to sign up to the Five Guiding Principles. If no steps have been taken within the Diocese of Guildford, then I would agree that they should be taken; and, if Sir Philip’s recommendations are followed, resources and examples of good practice will shortly be available.
Question 2: Would you personally and unequivocally support and accept a woman appointed as an incumbent and a woman appointed as a diocesan bishop in all aspect of her role, including sacramental, teaching and preaching? Carolyn Graham (General Synod and Guildford Deanery Lay Chair)
Answer: “Many thanks for your question, Carolyn. My answer is “Yes"