Comments: press comment on women bishops

I simply dont know what to make of a woman church worker ministering in an Oxford church in 2010 who appears to believe there was a datable Fall, that before it there was paradise, that Adam and Eve were real people and that Adam was created first ergo.....

Posted by Perry Butler at Tuesday, 6 July 2010 at 4:46pm BST

So trying to find a way for Anglo-Cath traditionalists to stay in the CofE is "reactionary" and "authoritarian".

What tripe.

Posted by WannabeAnglican at Tuesday, 6 July 2010 at 4:47pm BST

Pardon, Ignorant Yank here---but I really find this near-impossible to believe:

"many of its conservative evangelical churches are influential, flourishing and rich. St Ebbe's is one such in Oxford; its congregation includes hundreds of women, many of them young, many of them in high-powered careers."

Maybe cruising for their "Mrs degrees", OK. Or the occasional front-woman for a conservative organization (such as we have in the US). But "high-powered" while NEVER having "authority over men"? Contradiction in terms. [The "rich" part I do believe, however. Calvinism's emphasis that the Elect may grow rich as God Almighty! ;-/]

Posted by JCF at Tuesday, 6 July 2010 at 6:15pm BST

Synod won't be considering the covenant. But the archbishops have made their preference clear there: that it should be passed, and by unqualified majorities. So I think it's reasonable to consider these two decisions together.

Posted by Andrew Brown at Tuesday, 6 July 2010 at 8:41pm BST

Perry,

I agree with you, but those are also - more or less - the views of Tom Wright, bishop of Durham and acclaimed by many as one of the C of E's most distinguished living theologians.

Posted by john at Tuesday, 6 July 2010 at 9:48pm BST

Sure Andrew. But one difference is that the archbishops have persuaded the whole House of Bishops, it seems, about the covenant voting, whereas accounts are reaching me daily of diocesan bishops who disagree with the archbishops over their amendments about women bishops, and who do not intend to support them.

Posted by Simon Sarmiento at Tuesday, 6 July 2010 at 11:35pm BST
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