The recent General Synod elections have strengthened the Catholic presence in the General Synod. It will also be re-invigorated. Half of the members of the new, larger, Catholic Group have never been members of the General Synod before. We are particularly pleased to have increased our representation in each of the three Houses.
We are committed to playing a full part in the work of the General Synod, as part of our response to the invitation to flourish in the Church of England’s life and structures. We wish to express our thanks to all those electors who have made this possible by according us high preferences.
We also pay tribute to the many former members of the Catholic Group who did not stand for re-election, many of them retiring after many years’ service. They will share our delight that so many younger members have been elected to carry on their work in the new quinquennium.
Fr Terry Buckingham, the Clerical Chairman of Forward in Faith Leeds added, “Whilst it is excellent that the Catholic Group in General Synod has increased in strength nationally I am particularly delighted that we have also increased the number representing our own diocese. This really demonstrates how both lay and ordained catholics in our diocese are working together and with others to show how we are completely committed to mutual flourishing within the life and structure of the Church of England.”