Comments: More news and comment on women bishops

It is wrong to say that this will have a negative effect on ecumenism. Ever since women deacons were ordained in the Church of Engalnd in 1987, there has been no real chance of corporate reunion.

Anglicanism can now act as a unifying force amongst Protestant denominations.Union with Methodism is now a distinct possibility. Each time the Church of Engalnd moved on women, the Roman Catholic and Orthodox moaned and threatened, but nothing happened...dialogue continued and still continues. Of interest is that the Old Catholics were disturbed by Anglican moves in the 1980s and then moved to ordination of women themselves.

Women bishops strengthens ecumenism and will lead to a pan Protestant re-union.

Posted by robert ian williams at Sunday, 20 July 2014 at 9:17am BST

No surprises in the statements by the Roman Catholic Church, and now the Russian Orthodox, both denominations see themselves as the gold standard for orthodoxy. Waiting for positive signs from either would be like waiting for Godot. Ecumenism is a not unimportant paradigm in this issue, and this decision will not hinder relationships with most churches of the reformation. However, the more important aspect of the decision to ordain women to the episcopate is what it says about the equality of women, even in churches that still feel the politcal requirement to cater to the male headship constituency.

Posted by Rod Gillis at Sunday, 20 July 2014 at 2:56pm BST

Despite R.I. Williams' claim that women bishops will now bring further distance between his Church and the Church of England; he needs to understand that his protest is founded on the myth that the roman Magisterium even considers our MALE bishops to be 'kosher'. Therefore the biggest gap in the lack of a mutual recognition of our ordained ministry.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Monday, 21 July 2014 at 6:41am BST

Has The Russian Orthodox Church issued a statement on the morality of what is happening with Mr. Putin's "administration" ? That might be more germane than their views of what Anglicans are up to ordaining women!

Posted by Rod Gillis at Monday, 21 July 2014 at 2:07pm BST

Pardon me for pointing out that there is some question-begging going on here.

Why is "corporate reunion" with the Roman church at all desirable?

Indeed, why is ecumenism good, or even normative? The New Testament featured many different churches.

Posted by Jeremy at Tuesday, 22 July 2014 at 1:40am BST

Indeed, why is ecumenism good, or even normative? The New Testament featured many different churches.
Well Jeremy. Wasn't there something about ' may they all be one '

Posted by ian at Wednesday, 23 July 2014 at 1:25pm BST

Ron, the principle behind ARCIC was corporate reunion. In 1966, no Anglican province had ordained women..there was a possibility once the Anglican Communion had acepted Catholic doctrine that the ordained ministries could have been reconciled.


All that died when the first women deacons were ordained, and now with 8,000 women priests world wide and over two dozen women bishops, that is sadly buried forever. However surely we can still be friends and cooperate on things like human traficking and play cricket together?

Posted by Robert ian wiolliams at Friday, 25 July 2014 at 7:01am BST

Reform are organising and soon will be a de facto third province. They will be able to hold up the gay agenda in the Church and will remain as a conservative Protestant witness within the Church. I call them Cranmer's conscience.

Posted by Robert ian Williams at Friday, 25 July 2014 at 7:04am BST
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