Comments: women bishops: McCulloch to chair new group

Sometimes I am reminded of "Peter Pan." OK people, clap if you believe in women bishops! GUESS WHAT? They exist without your applause!

Posted by Cynthia Gilliatt at Saturday, 30 September 2006 at 3:38am BST

Seeing the way the C of E is going, I'm now waiting for the first muslim or hindu appointment to the bench of bishops !

Posted by Edward at Saturday, 30 September 2006 at 10:28am BST

I keep forgetting that CoE is so far behind on the graceful opening to women bishops. In TEC/USA we break through, receiving with great joy the calling and gifts and leadership and ministry of women like PB Jefferts Schori. Who wants to do without her when the chips are down, thanks to this egregious realignment campaign?

Are religious straight men really so terribly afraid of women as a suspect class of tainted creatures? Their latest theology keeps emphasizing that they hold deep traditional convictions, and denies every suspect fear motive, but these continuing actions serve the same old ends, confirming the institutions that fear and prejudice erect while claiming pure and wholesome new motives for keeping on the exclusion pathways.

It just seems like old fears and negative folk beliefs about women are wearing new costumes.

Did the leading men of the CoE all take their direction, because it seemed to lead away from having to work with a woman supervisor or boss or mentor or teacher? Were they all bullied by older sisters growing up? Did their mothers, then, abuse them because they were such irrational, moody, mean people?

How - yet again - does this categorical institutional church exclusion actually follow Jesus of Nazareth and glorify God? (No arcane Rube Goldberg theologies, please, involving flat earth theories of gender variance. Try again.)

Really, it just sounds batty. And the increasingly convoluted gender theories which justify it are sounding pretty batty, too.

Posted by drdanfee at Saturday, 30 September 2006 at 2:18pm BST

Gee. I just gotta say it again in public: Thank goodness, thank God for Bishop Jefferts Schori and for all the other women God has called and raised up and sustained among us without categorical gender exclusion to help see us through these changing times.

Posted by drdanfee at Saturday, 30 September 2006 at 2:20pm BST

Well thats why in the minds of most Anglicans, TEC/USA has put itself out of communion with the Church (capital 'C' intended).

I just hope + Manchester's group will try and honour promises it made to us who find these innovations hard to accept and will try to treat us, as general synod declared 'as loyal anglicans'.

Posted by Edward at Sunday, 1 October 2006 at 9:44am BST

The BBC's headline sounds easily substituted with `Meeting to consider oxygen', or `Meeting to consider sunlight'.

Posted by Tim at Sunday, 1 October 2006 at 1:01pm BST

"The BBC's headline sounds easily substituted with `Meeting to consider oxygen', or `Meeting to consider sunlight'"

In the ever-damp city of Manchester there could well be a meeting to consider sunlight....

Posted by mynsterpreost at Tuesday, 3 October 2006 at 8:42pm BST
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