Tuesday, 12 July 2005

synod press coverage

Updated Wednesday

Robert Bergner ACNS Archbishop asks synod to focus on respect
Matt Davies ENS Church of England moves closer to ordaining women bishops
TLC England’s General Synod Approves Women Bishops

Michael Brown Yorkshire Post
Women bishops a step nearer after Synod vote
Archbishop of canterbury warns against looking for scapegoats

Jonathan Petre Telegraph
Church of England agrees to have women bishops within seven years
‘We can avoid a split over homosexuality’
also Anglicans and Methodists edge closer towards unity

Stephen Bates Guardian
Barriers to women bishops removed

Ruth Gledhill The Times
Church votes to prepare way for women bishops
Also in The Times Anthony Howard has this opinion column: The last overt sex barrier will stay until at least 2010

Women bishops come a step closer
Women bishops vote angers critics
Robert Pigott Church faces women bishops split

Radio 4 Today programme
The General Synod of the Church of England has voted to remove the legal blocks to the ordination of women bishops. News report by Robert Pigott. Listen here
Could a vote towards allowing women bishops split the Church of England? Christina Rees and David Houlding discuss. Listen here

Wire services:
Reuters Church of England votes to back women bishops
Press Association Church faces split on women bishops
Associated Press Church of England considers women bishops

Posted by Simon Sarmiento on Tuesday, 12 July 2005 at 10:08am BST
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I have reflected on the comment that we need to preserve our faith in the sense we have received it in regard to ministry and the similar comment - that we must preserve the integrity of ministry in the traditional sense. In Canada we have ordained women for over 25 years. My children would figure it untraditional to refuse to ordain women. They don't remember a time when there wasn't female priests. And for them, if there are female priests just as there are male priests why should there not be female bishops. As a matter of fact, if I were to point out that there were places in the Anglican Communion that denied women the right to be ordained/consecrated they would just not be able to comprehend why not. Traditions do change. As Christina Rees pointed out - there have been other changes in the Anglican Church.

To keep something just because it is tradition is so wrong. We have seen that many of our traditions have been harmful throughout the years. Surely we need to also use scripture and reason rather than just tradition. That people honestly believe that it is better to keep tradition than to do what is right, to do what Jesus would do, breaks my heart. Male only disciples was not something Jesus promoted but rather the early church after him. There are so many instances of Jesus treating women and men equally and instances of Jesus empowering women to ministry (the Samataritan women at the well, Mary kneeling and listening at his feet, Mary Magdalene at the Resurrection appearances) that there really is no solid scriptural basis for denying women ordained ministry. I liked Christina Rees comment about God relating to women no differently than God relates to men and that no distinction is made in the baptismal vows.

Posted by: AMNicklin on Wednesday, 13 July 2005 at 12:10am BST
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