Comments: Preparing for Women as Bishops (cont.)

"My concern is that, in seeking to be generous to those who are opposed (to the legislation whereby women are ordained as bishops in the Church of England without prejudice), we will inadvertently build so complete a wall between us that we will hasten a spearation rather than fostering such communion as we are able to share"
- The Revd. Mark Bennet -

This has long been the fear of those of us who uphold the catholic understanding of a bishop having unobstructed episcope over their own legally-constituted diocese. This traditional understanding, sadly, was already distrubed by the decision of the Church of England to allow
the concept of so-called 'flying bishops'. Rather than helping the catholic understanding of the bishop's traditional episcopal oversight, this has already departed from the accepted 'norm'.

Therefore, the anti-W.E.O. faction in the Church of England wanting to extend this unorthodox concept after the ordination of women as bishops in the Church, only to exacerbates the problem of defective catholic orthodoxy.

Perhaps the Church has to admit that it was not conducive to traditional catholic order to have allowed 'flying bishops' in the first place (an individual decision of the C.of E. which did not consult with other Provincial Churches of the AC -an action not too different from the individual decision of TEC on its decision to ordain a Gay Bishop.)

In any case, these 'flying bishops' have already acted outside of the jurisdiction of the Church of England by applying to Rome for special arrangements for their own placement in the new R.C. Ordinariates. What does that say about their opinion of the catholicity of the Church of England. And is that not important?

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Thursday, 19 November 2009 at 10:38am GMT
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