Comments: Synod elections: understanding the results

"The real work goes on in the interaction of those who disagree, in the exposure of people to views and outlooks which are different from their own" - Elaine Starkey -

I found this statement by Elaine Starkey much more useful than the plaintive moan of Peter Ould, who seemd miffed that he was unable to trumpet the success of the conservatives in the elections to General Synod.

What Elaine says is something that General Synod has never really seemd to knuckle down to - a real debate on the issues of gender and sexuality within the Church. The current culture of avoidance of such tender subjects is something peculiarly English, and something which other Churches of the Communion have had the time and the will to discuss and do something about.

The twin nettles of homosphobia and misogyny have yet to be grasped and plucked from the old-boy network of fustian ecclesiastical wardrobes, and until this is done, there will be little advance for women and gays in the Church.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Friday, 29 October 2010 at 9:35am BST

the plaintive moan of Peter Ould, who seemed miffed that he was unable to trumpet the success of the conservatives in the elections to General Synod

Where did that come from? I think you read far too much into my post...

Posted by Peter Ould at Tuesday, 2 November 2010 at 6:00pm GMT
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