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Vestments, robes and canon law

The General Synod, meeting at York, on Saturday debated the mandatory use of robes and vestments for clergy at some services. The record of the proceedings states:

Private Members’ Motions

Canon B 8 (GS 1944A and GS 1944B)

The Revd Christopher Hobbs (London) moved:

‘That this Synod call on the Business Committee to introduce draft legislation to amend the law relating to the vesture of ministers so that, without altering the principles set out in paragraphs 1 and 2 of Canon B 8. the wearing of the forms of vesture referred to in paragraphs 3, 4 and 5 of that Canon becomes optional rather than mandatory.’

The motion was voted on and passed by the Synod. The three amendments were not carried.

The audio of the evening session is available here.

The press reports this as the Church sweeping away the rules and allowing clergy to wear what they like

  • The Mail — Church gives OK to vicars in shellsuits
  • The Express — Church gives its blessing for vicar dress-down Sundays

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