Let’s hope that those in the Church of England Synod, who believe that Women must be ordained on the same basis as Men, will be encouraged by what has happened in the Church of Wales, and will have a similar outcome from their own upcoming General Synod. Any alternative that would enshrine the polity of a two-tier episcopate should be shunned, as both unjust and un-catholic.
For a small section of the Church to be allowed ‘special provisions’ enshrined in legislation to continue their non-recognition of, and prejudice against, Women as fellow bearers of the Image and Likeness of God, and therefore full partners in the ministry of the Church; would not enhance the prospect of unity in the Church, nor would it be seen by the world as anything other than misogynistic and unjust.
This is terrific, though I still want to see about the Code of Practice. It appears that the larger institution has given a resounding YES to WB, apparently without discrimination. Yes, women are created equally in the Image of God and called equally to serve. I hope that the Code of Practice can provide a pastoral solution.
The real issue now is to get a General Synod, which is democratically elected and proportionate in its representation of women. Then you will get a similar result.This is what the Church in Wales did.
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