Comments: General Synod: reports on the first women bishops debate

Did you see the ordination supplement in the Church Times. the sheer force of numbers is on the womens side...

2033....25 years hence

How could a Church seriously have 50 percent women clergy and 20 per cent male clergy ordained by women bishops, unrecogniseded by a free diocese, where Reform and FIF were fighting out a battle for its governance.

Posted by Robert ian Williams at Saturday, 5 July 2008 at 7:33pm BST

If the CofE is really in threat of being ruined by (*gasp*) women bishops, it can't have been very strong to begin with.

Posted by BillyD at Saturday, 5 July 2008 at 10:18pm BST

"Church of England faces ruin over women bishops"

Chill out, Ruth! This drama queen frenzy you're working yourself into, will give you indigestion... ;-X

Posted by JCF at Sunday, 6 July 2008 at 3:42am BST

Is a significant minority that might actually leave for Rome the ruin of Anglicanism? Even of CoE?

I would alternatively suppose, any departures might be just the logical adjustment that preserves and expresses big tent Anglicanism since after all Rome is headed up now by a pope who once headed the most powerful successor to the most fearsome Inquisition? Face set like a flint against anything but a males-only priesthood. Women saved in childbearing and quietness, doncha know?

Those who dearly wish to follow Jesus of Nazareth by avoiding non-conformity will never have an easy path inside global Anglicanisms as we now exist.

Hence, the realignment campaign - mainly funded by USA rightwing dollars so far as we know now. Hence, the Jerusalem Statement. Hence, the incredibly deafening fear-mongering about women bishops that is being bandied about in a church that has already decided to ordain women as priests. Something similar happened in USA and globally, for TEC had been ordaining queer folks as priests for one or two decades, and then the New Hampshire peoples' election of VGR as Out, Partnered and Parenting (adult daughters, no less) - was supposed to explode upon us like a bomb? We need to get real. Or, followers of Jesus of Nazareth are strictly noted for their blinkered, bunker mentalities?

All the hoo-ha about women bishops - such talk of danger, contamination, disobedience to males-first theologies, and a great deal else - cannot really be understood as having to do with the real women who now are priests inside CoE? Or? Can it?

Posted by drdanfee at Sunday, 6 July 2008 at 5:18pm BST
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