Comments: Women bishops debate adjournment - WATCH press release

Disastrous. Why are people so stupid?

Posted by John at Monday, 9 July 2012 at 12:58pm BST

You mean the people whose "amendment" would make bishops-who-are-women *permanently 2nd-class* at best? Those people, John? (Just seeking clarification)

Posted by JCF at Monday, 9 July 2012 at 7:35pm BST

"Disastrous. Why are people so stupid?"

Posted by: John on Monday,

But these are not mere people, John, they are Male Bishops on the Church of England.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Tuesday, 10 July 2012 at 3:26am BST

The Archbishop of York has given a fulsome and unconditional welcome to Vivienne Faull upon her appointment as Dean of York. She will have total authority in her new role and the Archbishop will have to do her the courtesy of seeking permission to enter her Cathedral. Should she be appointed a Bishop, however, the whim of one parish would have been enough to dilute her authority and force her to appoint a parallel male Bishop to act in her place to minister to that parish. Thankfully, that legislation will never be enacted. How might John Sentamu have reacted if, upon his appointment, he had been informed that certain parishes objected to a black Archbishop and therefore he would have to appoint a white colleague to act in his stead for those parishes. The good Archbishop (and he is a good Archbishop, loved and respected throughout the Northern Province), should reflect upon this and squash the divisive amendment.
We all recognise that, in faithful Christian charity, a significant hand should be held out to the dissenters: but that hand cannot have a PERMANENT place in our procedures. Transitional arrangements, Diocese by Diocese, lasting for three years or perhaps five, could represent the way forward - time to allow both sides to work together in parallel, but in an atmosphere of prayerful goodwill. Votes should be taken in each Diocese and a public declaration made as to whether such transitional arrangements will be required. That will provide guidance to those making early appointments of women.

Posted by David Turner at Tuesday, 10 July 2012 at 5:46pm BST

"Transitional arrangements, Diocese by Diocese, lasting for three years or perhaps five, could represent the way forward"
And after three or five years - what then for Conservative Evangelicals and Anglo-Catholics?

Posted by Erasmus at Wednesday, 11 July 2012 at 9:42pm BST
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