Is it true? I don't know; but it's hardly surprising that they are in such wide circulation given the Province's unambiguous 'equality' agenda.
In many ways this is hardly 'news' at all, as a Standing Committee report recommended this policy be adopted as early as 2009 [see here] But it would be good to hear some authoritative denials of the rumours and, even better, some concrete evidence of its untruth in some three or so years' time, if there are still traditionalists brave enough to offer themselves for ordination to the priesthood in a province whose theological trajectory is now so clearly antithetical both to historically recognisable catholic faith and to contemporary ecumenical realities.
Why is this so important? Surely, as so many people have said, 'the game is over.' Without rehearsing all these arguments yet again, it remains important simply because promises were made to traditionalists in Wales and they should be kept. And to those who are saying that promises were not made, I can only respond that their understanding of the English language is obviously different to this one-time member of the Governing Body who was present when they were made. Perhaps the translation facilities were faulty that day.
On the other hand, we have to accept that these promises, like the continued appointment of a Provincial Assistant Bishop, were never formal constitutional guarantees. Yet, it was certainly in the interests of those in favour of change that they should be regarded as binding by those who were opposed. Of course, we know that, to quote Sam Goldwyn, "A verbal contract isn't worth the paper it's written on," but it would be a shame if that has become the unofficial motto of the new look Church in Wales.
Regardless of the present agenda and the increasing power and stridency of the women bishops lobby, there is a reason why such morally binding assurances should be honoured. It has something to do with authenticity, honesty and integrity.... things not wholly unconnected with the nature of the God who became man.