Flying bishops

These came into being in 1993/ at the time of approval of the ordination of women to the priesthood.   Their official title is “Provincial Episcopal Visitors”.   Parishes were allowed to resolve not to accept the ministry of women priests and not to accept as their bishops any who were prepared to ordain women.   Their pastoral oversight was to be provided by bishops whose episcopal care was exercised on a parish by parish basis rather than geographically.   These bishops are known as flying bishops!   There are two in the southern province and one in the northern.

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