Comments: CofE Evangelical Council issues statement on women bishops

Even by the figures in the polls quoted at least 75% of interested people are in favour of the move to appoint women bishops.

Posted by confused sussex at Tuesday, 23 October 2012 at 3:42pm BST

Evangelicals such as these will never have to receive a woman bishop except when she comes to hear their objection, which she will be bound to respect. She will agree that they can have a male bishop - there will be no problem about that.Why then do they want to stop people who are looking forward to having a woman bishop from having their heart's desire. This seems very selfish and hardly 'christian'.

Posted by Jean Mayland at Tuesday, 23 October 2012 at 4:09pm BST

Is this the same group who wouldn't allow Rowan to speak at the NEAC conference just after he became Archbishop of Canterbury nine years ago because he might lead them into error, yet is now pleading for tolerance for themselves, if not others? Certainly seems like some familiar names on this great body. And the distinguished Wally Benn as president until 2015!

Posted by Stephen Bates at Tuesday, 23 October 2012 at 6:21pm BST

I'm afraid that CEEC is not representative of the vast majority of evangelical Anglicans. It is stacked with a majority of Con Evos, and doesn't speak for most of us. Personally I believe in provision for those opposed, but I don't see the CEEC statement as either constructive or representative of the preponderance of evangelical Anglican opinion.

Posted by Pete Broadbent at Thursday, 25 October 2012 at 9:26am BST

Readers may be interested in the following comment made elsewhere by Chris Sugden, in which he compares this issue to the Northern Ireland peace agreement,

Posted by Simon Sarmiento at Thursday, 25 October 2012 at 10:34am BST

'The views of the minority, whose position in the church is to be gravely affected by the current legislation, as to whether the provision is adequate does have some prior claim. Those of the majority for whom clear and adequate provision is being made do not look well in telling the minority what is good enough for them. That properly belongs to the minority to say. And the acid test of any democracy is how it respects the views of minorities.'

I am so delighted that they now support equality for all minorities, including on this logic, gays.

How ashamed I feel that ever did I doubt them !

Posted by Laurence Roberts at Thursday, 25 October 2012 at 4:58pm BST

"We believe it is a matter not just of justice but of godliness to treat well this minority of those with whom God has joined us together in fellowship and mission."

This belief is a bit late in coming, no?

How about treating women ordinands well?

Posted by Jeremy at Friday, 26 October 2012 at 11:06pm BST
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