Comments: synod press coverage

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 at Wednesday, 13 July 2005 at 12:10am BST
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