Comments: synod questions on women bishops

"As to ecumenical views, a Methodist and a Roman Catholic served on the Rochester Working Party."

I'm just guessing: the Methodist response (or those of other Protestant episcopal churches, like some Lutherans) was not the one that the questioners were interested in. ;-/

Posted by J. C. Fisher at Saturday, 9 July 2005 at 8:50am BST

This is hardly a considered ecumenical response, and he does not even tell us what those two participants themselves had to say.

Posted by Vincent Coles at Sunday, 10 July 2005 at 12:14am BST

THIS WHOLE DEBATE ABOUT THE ACCEPTABILITY OF WOMEN AS EQUAL MEMBERS OF CHRIST'S BODY, THE CHURCH, MUST APPEAR TO THE SECULAR WORLD AS WHOLLY IRRELEVANT TO ITS PROBLEMS - MORE LIKE THE MEDIAEVAL DEBATES ABOUT HOW MANY ANGELS COULD DANCE ON THE POINT OF A NEEDLE.IT BRINGS THE GOSPEL AND THE CHURCH INTO DISREPUTE. THE LOSS OF PEOPLE LIKE BP.BURNHAM AND OTHERS TO THE ROMAN CHURCH WOULD BE LITTLE LOSS TO US - AND DOES THE ROMAN CHURCH WANT THEM? THE WOMEN WOULD BE MORE THAN EQUAL TO THEM.IN THE EYES OF THE VATICAN AND ITS STATED THEOLOGY THEY ARE NEITHER BISHOPS NOR PRIESTS AND HAVE NO VALID ORDINATION.IN ROME'S EYES THEIR STATUS IS EXACTLY THE ONE THEY THEMSELVES ACCORD TO WOMEN PRIESTS.TO BE TOTALLY HONEST WHEN JOINING THE ROMAN CHURCH THEY MUST AGREE WITH ITS FAITH BY DISOWNING THE ORDERS THEY CURRENTLY CLAIM WITHOUT SECRET RESERVATIONS - DO THEY REALLY BELIEVE THAT THEY HAVE NO VALID ORDERS OR WILL THEY BE DISHONEST?

Posted by Revd. Derrick Cooling at Tuesday, 12 July 2005 at 5:20pm BST

The honest answer to the question whether we have consulted other episcopally governed ecclesial; bodies, that is ti say RC and Orthodox, is no!

The Cof E proclaims itself to be"....part of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.." unless it suits it not to. Likewise, Bishops in the CofE say they are part of the collegial body of bishops in the two great Catholic Chufches of East and West until such time as it suits them not to be. Which is most of the time really.

Posted by gareth jones at Wednesday, 13 July 2005 at 3:27pm BST
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