From the Revd Canon Simon Killwick, chairman of the Catholic Group in General Synod SIR – It is with deep regret that I hear of the Bishop of Fulham’s desire to leave the Church of England.
The Catholic Group in General Synod, however, remains committed to securing a continuing future within the Church of England for those who cannot accept the ministry of women priests and bishops on grounds of theological conviction.
It is particularly heartening to see the progress made by traditionalists and others who support provision for them in the recent General Synod elections.
This whole matter has some way to run and, while the bishop can be assured of our prayers and good wishes for his future, we are clear that our place remains in the Church of England.
Yours faithfully, SIMON KILLWICK Manchester From Mr Henry von Blumenthal SIR – It remains to be seen how many Anglicans come over into the new Ordinariate, but I hope that if entire parishes do so they will come complete with parish church, church hall and church plate, and if the Church of England, which has treated them so shabbily, makes a fuss I hope that good Catholic lawyers will offer their services to secure the Ordinariate’s rights.
Yours faithfully, HENRY VON BLUMENTHAL Lameschmillen, Luxembourg