Comments: General Synod - questions and answers

The Archbishop of York's reply to question 53 is wildly inappropriate & I'm surprised that there hasn't been any comments about this. Suggesting that since some bishops have female employees then female concerns can thus be brought to the attention of the boys power club is a claim that the Archbishop needs to be called to account for. At the least he should apologize.

Posted by Dennis at Wednesday, 24 March 2010 at 9:49pm GMT

Dennis, Thank you for your comment. I am hoping that the Archbishop of York was being thoughtless in his response rather than deliberately offensive, though I have to admit that I found his comments offensive.

Posted by Anne Lee at Friday, 26 March 2010 at 12:33pm GMT

Having recently experienced the deep spirituality of the Archbishop of York during his visit to New Zealand, I do believe his heart is right. However, at this point in time - like the ABC - he is set in the mould of traditional English Church politics, which requires that the two English Primates try to engage with all sides of every argument in the Church world-wide.

I believe that both John and Rowan - together with the Primates in the US and Canada - have the most difficult task within the Anglican Communion, in terms of 'loyalty' to the established tradition, while yet trying to be open to 'what the Spirit is saying to the Church' at this time in history.

Contrast them with the likes of Orombi and Akinola and you have the difference between true Shepherds of all the sheep, and those whose pastoral responsibility stops at the gate of their own sheepfold. They need our prayers.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Friday, 26 March 2010 at 6:31pm GMT

I'm not sure whether to regard it as ironic or tragic that the archbishop did/does not understand that his inability to differentiate between an advisor bringing an issue to the House of Bishops, or indeed a woman acting as secretary to the House, is not the same as hearing the views of senior women clergy in their own right. I seem to remember the bishops all getting very excited about the Indaba groups at Lambeth, but the lesson does not seem to have been applied once away from Canterbury. And that this might open the door to the need to listen to other groups that the House of Bishops is talking about..like young people...or even.....!

Posted by Rosalind at Friday, 26 March 2010 at 8:29pm GMT

Dennis, I'm surprised that there are so few comments here. I posted Question No. 53 along with Abp. Sentamu's response on my blog and received quite a few comments.

Posted by Grandmère Mimi at Friday, 26 March 2010 at 9:22pm GMT
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