Comments: WATCH petition gains over 5,000 signatures in its first week

“Shroedinger’s Priest” -- Priceless! :-)

Posted by Bill Ghrist at Sunday, 8 July 2012 at 4:20am BST

We have to remember that those who oppose women becoming bishops are not always prejudiced against them. Many have deep theological and traditional reasons for their opposition. Phrases like "The arrangements for woman-free enclaves of the church should only ever have been transitional" do not help the debate. To me it implies a prejudice against traditional and conservative views.

And I'm in favour of the good old CofE having women Bishops. As soon as possible. But to do so without engaging with the real concerns of those we disagree with would be a mistake.

Posted by Steven at Sunday, 8 July 2012 at 7:31pm BST

Steven, hello. The phrase you're objecting to came from my comment when I signed the WATCH petition. Do you really think it 'implies a prejudice' against the opponents of women's ordination? I think it implies a disagreement; a strongly-held disagreement, but not more strongly held than the perspectives of those I'm disagreeing with. If I were in a position where I had to adjudicate between the disputing sides over this issue, I would certainly use different language, but I'm not in such a position; I'm *on* one of the sides, and attempting to report to the House of Bishops, via the petition, the strength of feeling over here on my side. My language, I agree, is not respectful towards the supposed 'deep theological and traditional reasons' of those who require women priests to be kept away from them, in case they may learn the alarming lesson of experience that a female priest of the Church of England is a real (and boringly ordinary) priest of the Church of England - but then, the *reasons* don't have my respect; only the people who hold them, who are my fellow members of the Body of Christ.

Posted by Francis at Monday, 9 July 2012 at 3:21pm BST

Well, the WATCH Petition has obviously borne fruit!

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Tuesday, 10 July 2012 at 3:36am BST
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