Comments: Women at the House of Bishops

What a good idea! Perhaps they could elect eight homosexual clergy to their 'all straight' House to facilitate that issue?

Posted by Commentator at Friday, 8 February 2013 at 11:41am GMT

I'm intrigued that WATCH are welcoming the "women as participant observers" idea rather than ridiculing it as the tokenistic, patronising nonsense that it clearly is.

Will any of those participatively observing be women unable to accept the ordination of women, I wonder?

Posted by Richard at Friday, 8 February 2013 at 2:45pm GMT


A good idea, and is logical, having used the idea over women priests. Several senior clerics spring to mind.

So much better if those 'gay' bishops felt able to speak openly of their sexuality.

Posted by Fr John E. Harris-White at Friday, 8 February 2013 at 5:12pm GMT

I don't see this as tokenism. Given that the Bishops can't ordain any WB's, the least they can do is include the voices of women. In that regard, this step is long overdue.

It would probably be pretty difficult to find a female priest who doesn't support WB. Ordination is ordination.

This seems like a positive breakthrough.

Posted by Cynthia at Friday, 8 February 2013 at 5:44pm GMT

Richard - it's doubtful that any of those participatively observing will be women unable to accept the ordination of women since they are to be drawn from women in senior clergy positions such as Archdeacons and Cathedral Deans.

Posted by Pam Smith at Friday, 8 February 2013 at 6:02pm GMT

Hats off to the HoB at the CofE. Its called affirmative action. Its a good interim measure until women are finally recognized as equal by the church. I would expect that "traditionalists" who wish to see patriarchy continue, will also welcome this move. After all, its based on principles similar to the "special provisions" they are demanding for themselves when the ordinaiton of female persons to the episocpate comes to pass.

Posted by Rod Gillis at Friday, 8 February 2013 at 7:27pm GMT

We all recognise that Jesus himself did not ordain any women as Bishops.

Neither did he ordain any men as Bishops

Posted by Sister Mary at Saturday, 9 February 2013 at 7:12am GMT

What Sister Mary said.

He ordained no priests either of course, being himself an observant Jew.

Posted by Laurence Roberts at Sunday, 10 February 2013 at 2:00pm GMT
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