03 The Resolutions

Sandra Saer: Now the resolutions. You have them on the other side of your agenda. After each resolution …. Peter Mullen sent a note about the significant cloud. He said the only significant cloud is the one over the two heads of our church – without naming names!

We will vote after each one.

Number 1: Archbishop Justin Welby to apologise for his “significant cloud” remark concerning Bishop Bell.
Those in favour? I think it is clear.

New speaker: May I ask you ask those against?

Sandra Saer: Anyone against? That is unanimous then.

Number 2
Bishop of Chichester, Martin Warner, to invite Barbara Whitley, Bishop Bell’s niece, for a face-to-face meeting. (She has already requested such a meeting.)

New speaker: I know from Barbara Whitley directly, and correspondence with Jimmy James, that she does not want such a meeting prior to an apology. She does not want to meet with him unless he apologises and retracts. You might want to amend resolution 2.

Sandra Saer: If you can leave it to me to reword it. Are you in agreement? Thank you for that.

New speaker: Is it not a contradiction?

Sandra Saer: Can you suggest the rewording of 2? [reads text] : Bishop of Chichester, Martin Warner, to invite Barbara Whitley, Bishop Bell’s niece, for a face-to-face meeting. (She has already requested such a meeting.)

New speaker: Can you leave this with me. I will come back to you before the end of the day.

Sandra Saer: Is that OK? Ruth and I can sort that afterwards.

Number 3
Chichester Cathedral’s Dean, the Very Rev’d Stephen Waine, and Chapter to restore the name of 4 Canon Lane to George Bell House
Those in favour? Anyone against? Don’t let them dare say they are against!

Number 4
Chichester Cathedral’s Chancellor and Canon Librarian, the Rev’d Dr Anthony Kane, to permit the reinstatement of Bishop Bell’s portrait and plaque

New speaker: The chancellor is on the point of leaving.

New speaker: Next week. He is going to Portsmouth.

Sandra Saer: Do we have a new person?

New speaker: It is the decision of the Dean and Chapter, not the chancellor.

Richard: The chancellor has presented the picture in the Bonhoeffer room today. That resolution has been half achieved as he has had the grace to take the picture down from the private Cathedral library and bring it here today.

Sandra Saer: I think we want to get the wording of these right. I think we will say the permanent reinstatement.

New speaker: Don’t address it to someone who is leaving. Address it to the Dean and Chapter.

New speaker: Maybe in George Bell House. That is where we want it.

New speaker: We want clarity.

Sandra Saer: Chichester Cathedral’s Dean and Chapter. Can’t we put his name in? To permit the permanent reinstatement of the portrait and plague in George Bell House. Those in favour?

Number 5
Chichester Cathedral’s Chancellor and Canon Librarian, the Rev’d Dr Anthony Cane, to permit the reinstatement of Bishop Bell’s portrait and plaque

Can anyone help me with the wording of that?

New speaker: It would be better to put the wording in.

New speaker: It just mentioned him without saying there is a cloud over his name.

Sandra Saer: What should we do?

New speaker: The guide book isn’t available at the moment. We want Bishop Bell’s position to be reinstated to how it was. Those in favour?

Sandra Saer:
Number 6
The General Synod to undertake a Full Debate at the earliest opportunity, regarding the serious implications arising from Lord Carlile’s Report and Timothy Briden’s Report

We have been promised that. It should stay as a resolution.

New speaker: They are trying to get 100 signatures.

Sandra Saer: It says undertake.

New speaker: It won’t be on there if there aren’t 100 signatures.

New speaker: To aim to.

Sandra Saer: Is that ok?

New speaker: I have a further suggestion.

Richard: We can take action ourselves in writing to our General Synod’s representatives. I think it would be a good idea for us all to write directly to our representatives. I didn’t know who they were until yesterday. As it is on 28th – the General Synod. I think Martin and David are saying please urgently write. Then something may happen.

Sandra Saer: Can you take that on board?

New speaker: Not everyone is aware of the omission in the terms of reference.

New speaker: It will come out in the full debate. Someone will make that clear in a debate.

Sandra Saer: We don’t want to get too complicated. We have covered it. The General Synod to aim… Are you off Sir Jeremy? He is one of my authors and he is a friend.

New speaker: I want to say how I agree with what the Bishop has said. I’m not a lawyer. I was supposed to be a diplomat. There were one or two weasley words. It is not quite enough. You are innocent according to things going back in history for a long time, until you are proven guilty. That is that.

New speaker: Could I read out a possible rewording of 2? Subsequent to an apology as in resolution 1 Barbara Whitley to be asked by the relevant church authorities if she would be willing to meet with Bishop Martin.

Sandra Saer: That is better. Can you vote on that? Those in favour? Thank you.