RepositoryLambeth Palace Library
Alt Ref NoRamsey 268, ff. 49-123
TitleWomen and Holy Orders (Commission on) and General
DescriptionPapers relating to the ordination of women to the priesthood, including: letter from an American woman asking Archbishop Ramsey to remonstrate with the American Bishops who voted in favour of the ordination of women in principle, with reply from Geoffrey Tiarks, Bishop of Maidstone (ff.49-50); letters from John Hines, Presiding Bishop, giving the result of the vote of the House of Bishops and asking Archbishop Ramsey for the reaction of the Church of England, before 28 September 1973 with replies (ff.51-53, 62, 11, 117); copy of a letter from J. Gwyn Williams, Rural Dean of Antwerp, giving the negative response of the Belgian National Council for Ecumenism (ff.54-55); letters from members of the public about the ordination of women in the light of the Anti-Discrimination Bill, the work of the Canon Law Society, the doctrine of the Fall and other matters, with replies(ff.56-60, 64-65, 70-73, 82, 100-102, 118, 121-123); request from Professor Louis Weil for a copy of Canon Demant's statement on the ordination of women, with Archbishop Ramsey's reply recommending instead Dr. Mascall's essay and a further letter form Professor Weil (ff.61, 63, 77); note from John Sweetman, Clerk to the Select Committee on the Sex Discrimination Bill about the acquisition of further evidence and discussion about procedure between Hugh Whitworth and Gerald Ellison, Bishop of Chester (ff.66-69, 74); copy of a resolution passed by St. Joan's International Alliance urging the leaders of all churches to ordain women to the full historic ministry, with acknowledgement, and further correspondence (ff.75-76, 84, 94-95); correspondence with John Sweetman from Hugh Whitworth, enclosing a memorandum from Archbishop Ramsey asking the Select Committee not to pre-empt the Church's discussion, with reply, and from Robert Stopford, Bishop of London with a point about school (ff.78-81, 87); letter from an American nun asking Archbishop Ramsey if he had written anything on theological reasons against the ordination of women, with negative reply (ff.83, 85); correspondence between Hugh Whitworth and David Say, Bishop of Rochester, about his participation in the debate on the Sex Discrimination Bill, and briefing from Oliver Woodforde (ff.89-93, 96-97); presscuttings of the statement of Robert Mortimer, Bishop of Exeter, in the Convocation of Canterbury (ff.98-99); letter from Hugh Whitworth to Stretton Reeve, Bishop of Lichfield, and Leslie Brown, Bishop of St. Edmundsbury, about the Sex Discrimination Bill (ff.103, 109); letter from Deaconess Una Kroll asking Archbishop Ramsey to vote in favour of the Sex Discrimination Bill, with press release about her deputation to the Prime Minister, Edward Heath, and reponse from Hugh Whitworth (ff.104-108); note of the Motion passed by the Convocation of Canterbury (f.110); letter from Fr. Herbert A. Ward to Archbishop Ramsey enclosing a copy of the opinion of the Orthodox representatives of the Orthodox-Anglican Consultation on the ordination of women, with reply (ff.111-114, 116); letter from Gwilym Williams, Archbishop of Wales, asking what questions were being asked in English dioceses about the ordination of women, with reply from Bishop Tiarks (ff.119-120).

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