Comments: Inclusive Church statement on women bishops

"This is good news for the whole church"

To those who object to this statement:

The Gospel is Good News for the *Whole World*, but many in the world find *it* to be bad/sad/mad news, too.

Posted by JCF at Wednesday, 14 July 2010 at 10:36pm BST

"We hope that in the coming months the various groups and organisations involved can meet and talk, so that we can develop bonds of love in what is likely to continue to be a difficult process." - Inclusive Church - And in the words of the Scriptures: 'We wish you good luck in the Name of The Lord'

Those of us who are part of the Anglican Communion in other Provinces, who have already tested and proved the value of the ministry of Women as priests and bishops in our Churches, do sincerely hope that our Mother Church of England finds herself encouraged by our prayers - that She may accept and approve of the same benefits of God's calling upon the lives of suitable women as has been proven to be ours in our various contexts.

The path which, for the Church of England, has been long and arduous, may yet prove to be the answer to the lack of feminine wisdom in the role of leadership in the Church. Jesus, in today's Gospel reading, accorded to Mary of Bethany a valuation of her spiritual gifts above those of her sister Martha; whose role of domestic service (more normally expoected of women in the Church), though valuable as a necessary ministry, was not the only gift of women to the Church. The point here being that Jesus recognised the spiritual value of women - as well as their domestic gifts.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Sunday, 18 July 2010 at 7:33pm BST
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