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women bishops: further reports

In addition to this earlier report, Religious Intelligence has published two more items about the FiF conference, written by Michael Brown.

Traditionalists warn church of evangelism threat:

An extraordinary claim that if traditionalist Anglicans are “destroyed”, the Gospel in England “will suffer” because no one else is evangelising, was issued by the Bishop of Fulham, the Rt Rev John Broadhurst, last weekend…

General Synod accused of ‘ignoring the wider church’:

The Church of England’s General Synod was roundly accused by a “flying bishop” last week of being determined to “go against the corporate mind of the Church Catholic”.

The accusation came from the Bishop of Beverley, the Rt Rev Martyn Jarrett, in a sermon at a Mass at St Alban’s, Holborn, for members of Forward in Faith, the traditionalist Anglican body, who were attending their annual assembly in Westminster.

The September issue of New Directions carried this article by Christina Rees titled A mutual challenge:

The result of the debate in General Synod on 7 July should have come as no surprise. The outcome was consistent with how General Synod has repeatedly voted on the subject of opening the episcopate to women. And yet for some, there was surprise, and more than that, a sense of shock, even disbelief…

The Autumn issue of Forward! Plus, available here, has an article on page 3 titled The Women Bishops Vote – An Obituary for Anglo-Catholics? and another article on page 7 which is largely a response to the New Directions article linked above.

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The article by Christina Rees expresses what I feel most Anglicans around the world are feeling at this moment about the actions of certain conservative Anglo-Catholics – as well as those in the Evangelical movement who are against the ordination of women to the episcopate. Christina has this to say: “At times I feel that some in the church are operating with a theology of paucity, instead of with an understanding of a God of infinite abundance” One cannot but agree that the climate of fear being perpetuated by the anti-women activists – especially those like the Bishop of Fulham,… Read more »

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“nothing less than a call to the bunkers” Isn’t it always? If we ordain women, we lose the assurance of Grace, if we are nice to gays, not only will the Gospel die, but Western society will degenerate into anarchy, families will disintegrate, and they seem to think that, homosexuality being so attractive for heterosexual males, the majority of the world’s men will turn gay in an instant and there will be no reproduciton of the human race. “Jesus told his disciples not to fear, whatever happened, he would neither leave them nor forsake them.” Exactly. Which is why I… Read more »

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The newish church life Anglican inclusion movement arises out of the long-standing church life gospel failures – including imprisonment and church-sanctioned tortures in our long history – of queer folks. Just as the newish womens movements arise out of the long-standing failures of bishops protecting a Status Quo to take any reliable care of women and children, say, in the abuse scandals. Our church life family becomes a prison when it stops breathing and changing and adapting itself. Duncan or Akinola or Orombi do not own Jesus kingdom feast oxygen, Jesus Risen is that oxygen. How very, very odd that… Read more »