Comments: Women bishops: Church Times reports slow progress

The Provinces of the Anglican Communion that have already accepted the blessing of Women as clergy and Bishops in their provincial churches are waiting to see how the Church of England deals with this justice issue at the special General Synod being called to address the matter in November.

If, indeed, because of the implications of the House of Bishops' Amendment (5.1.c) to the original agreed schedule - which would have provided a Code of Practice, wherein a Woman Diocesan Bishop would retain local jurisdiction in cases where alternative oversight is requested - the Measure is turned down in the Synod; the House of Bishops must take the blame and bear the consequences of a long drawn-out process. Such a process would inevitably cause serving women clergy in the Church of England to wonder at the ethos of endemic patriarchalism into which they have allowed themselves to become enmeshed.

One question that will undoubtedly be asked - especially by the Faithful Laity in the Church of England - might be: "Where we be without our women clergy?" Why are they treated differently from women outside of the Church?

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Friday, 24 August 2012 at 11:35am BST

As long as we have the public view such as that held by a local minister, which he published in his August parish magazine:
"Based on my opinion on the Bible and the hitherto undeviatory practice of the Church I cannot be sure that women 'priests' and 'bishops' really are priests and bishops. I cannot be sure that what they do has the backing of God's authority.....It is my hope that many women who have been 'ordained' will recognise this and withdraw."
I do not believe we will have peace in the Church of England. The laity in the parish that the above was written are beginning to wake up and ask whether this is theological or pure sexism, something that would not be tolerated outside of the church.

Posted by John Rosedale at Saturday, 25 August 2012 at 7:51am BST

"Through all the changing scenes of Life" God is our help and our strength, why are so many afraid of change, and keep retreating in fear, instead of going forward and embracing change. Women have many gifts endowed by God, and the pathetic need and belief othat men should have control is very sad and short sighted, and denying the church the privilege of sharing, honouring and valuing the many wonderful gifts of compassion, understanding, leadership and teaching that women have. Why must "men trample women's rights at will?" That is not our Lord's teaching!!

Posted by Denise Grant at Wednesday, 12 September 2012 at 9:44pm BST
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