Comments: Bishop of Oxford writes about women bishops

"Thirdly, it isn’t over until the fat lady sings" ????

I thought that this bishop is in favor of women Bishops, but now I'm not so sure.

Posted by susan hedges at Wednesday, 14 July 2010 at 11:28pm BST

Bishop John

It seems to me that you want it to be a win-win for all parties.

That will never happen.

So please move away from your impossible place. Move to the place of leadership at which you articulate your convictions - come what may.

In the grace od our Lord Jesus Christ; the love of God; and the Communion of the Holy Spirit.

J. Michael Povey

Posted by J. Michael Povey at Wednesday, 14 July 2010 at 11:51pm BST

What a spineless fencesitter the Bishop of Oxford has proven himself to be.

And if he really wants traditionalists to stick around, he has a damn strange way of showing it by voting against the Archbishops' amendment.

Posted by WannabeAnglican at Thursday, 15 July 2010 at 2:06pm BST

Interesting blog you have, WannabeAnglican.

Others here at TA may be interested in what you were blogging about a few days ago:

"Wednesday, July 07, 2010
Obama, Dictator and Coward (UPDATE: and Liar)"

I think we now know where to file your condemnation of +Oxford!

Posted by JCF at Thursday, 15 July 2010 at 6:20pm BST

Thanks so much, to JCF, for unmasking the political radical right orientation and rantings of the innocuous-sounding "WannabeAnglican" by directing people to his very revealing blog.

That is indeed a disturbing mix of political and religious extremism.

Posted by Jerry Hannon at Thursday, 15 July 2010 at 8:19pm BST

Thanks for visiting.

I guess telling like it is is "extremist" nowadays.

Posted by WannabeAnglican at Thursday, 15 July 2010 at 9:28pm BST

Hmm, does that make Jesus a spineless fence-sitter too? I believe we were called to love one another, not call one another names.

Posted by Ann Memmott at Friday, 16 July 2010 at 9:18am BST

Wannabe, there is a difference between "telling it like it is" and "the delusional ravings of the tin-foil hat crowd."

Posted by Malcolm+ at Saturday, 17 July 2010 at 9:14am BST

"Thirdly, it isn’t over until the fat lady sings, and the archbishops may yet do more work on their thinking. Their amendment had not been seen before Synod by either the Revision Committee or the House of Bishops and they might now want to develop it differently."

- The Bishop of Oxford -

One would have thought that the first bit of this might better have read: 'It isn't over until the conservative male bishops retire' - but then, this may be just as inappropriate in the present circumstances.

Perhaps the next time the Archbishops want to intervene in an otherwise democratic procedure, they could discuss what they want to change about the Revision Committee's original draft with the actual members of that Committee. And then, of course, give the General Synod members some idea of what to expect in the way of filibusters.

One can only hope that each individual diocesan synod will discern the way ahead that will please the majority - without necessarily developing any new 'two-integrities' form of appeasement to suit dissenters. This latter could only prolong the agony to be suffered by future women bishops. To resort to any new form of P.E.V.'s would further the compromise suffered in the lust for unity at any price.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Sunday, 18 July 2010 at 6:52pm BST
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