Comments: women as bishops: two opinion items

It occurs to me how much the antis need to swim the Tiber where, as they have hardened on this subject the past several decades, they invented a "Theology of the (Human) Body" PRECISELY to assert that the penis was sacerdotally-essential.

Vaya con Dios!

Posted by JCF at Friday, 2 May 2008 at 8:00pm BST

This is the same case exactly for TEC. Both sides thinking they got what they wanted and at the same time crossing their fingers when it came to their opponents.

Posted by Davis d'Ambly at Saturday, 3 May 2008 at 6:13pm BST

I'm not so sure it was so much finger crossing as wishful thinking, of the Red Queen variety: believing six impossible things before breakfast and so on. Anglican Fudge grows stale with time, and crumbles.

Posted by Tobias Haller at Sunday, 4 May 2008 at 8:15pm BST

Bishop Alan Wilson has posted on his blog some very interesting historical reflections preliminary to plunging into the reading of the current papers on the question of women bishops:

http://bishopalan.blogspot.com/2008/05/women-bishops-but-how.html

What I found particularly arresting were his thoughts on the British imperial tradition of "institutionalising schism" as they withdrew from the colonies, but there's much else of value as well.

Posted by Mary Clara at Sunday, 4 May 2008 at 10:50pm BST

To be quite frank gentlemen and gentlewomen, those of British parliamentary tradition, most all in situ in former parts of the British Empire, handle these issues surrounding women in Holy Orders quite differently than USA Episcopalians. I think that difference in political ethos is the element History will record together with the Internet as the most salient forces in this 21st cen modern Anglican Crisis overall.

Mr. Hobson could cut the rant level a bit and tone down the rhetoric because anyone with half a brain knows what a screwed up thing is institutional religion. Disagree? Go hahead and enjoy your church fantasy and think that it is not not a fundmentally conservative or reactionary institution. That's when you become part of the problem.

Church dysfunction is legion: a very shallow but quite true and weary trueism.

Posted by Robt. Zacher at Monday, 5 May 2008 at 8:17am BST
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