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Vicky Beeching's interview with Ruth Chapman gives us a most enlightening understanding of the situation in the Church of England - where the prospect of Women being ordained as Bishops is still in the balance.

Most of us in other Provinces of the Anglican Communion have lived with the ministry of women - as both clergy and bishops - for so long now; we really do wonder what all the fuss is about.

It is not just from the perspective of a feminist that the Church should view this dilemma - but from the point of view of the Christian Gospel, where Jesus is seen to have battled the all-male hierarchical patriarchal traditions, that sought to retain, for men, role of leadership in the social and religious sphere.

One only has to reflect on the role of the Monarch as titular Head of the Church of England, to see how short of the mark the Church has fallen, in its desire to maintain patriarchy in headship, when the world is moving towards the extinction of misogyny in the public sphere.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Sunday, 29 September 2013 at 12:47am BST
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