Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Women Bishops debate: online speeches

James Jones, Bishop of Liverpool

summary of speeches by Bishop of Manchester and Canon Simon Killwick

summary of speech by the Bishop of Durham

summary of speech by the Archbishop of Canterbury

If I find any more I will add them.

Posted by Peter Owen on Tuesday, 20 November 2012 at 12:23pm GMT | TrackBack
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What a truly wonderful speech by +James, Bishop of Liverpool - in affirming the ministry of Women in the Church:

"The Book of Common Prayer shows us that the ministry of a bishop is to feed the body of Christ. And the Scriptures tell us that it was a woman who physically first fed the body of Christ. If a woman can feed the body of Christ in the flesh surely she can feed the body of Christ in the Spirit."

This, from an 'Evangelical' bishop, affirming the dignity and status of Mary the mother of Jesus, as the perfect paradigm of pastoral ministry, through the substance of her own flesh and blood, is quite a remarkable biblical insight into how the Body of Christ can receive pastoral nurture from a woman.

Thank you Bishop James, for admitting your need of a change of heart on women's ministry - by the pure grace of god's Holy and life-giving Spirit!

Posted by: Father Ron Smith on Wednesday, 21 November 2012 at 9:51am GMT
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