Comments: Lords Spiritual (Women) Act

Note: "the interests of the bishops' bench". Not the interests of religion, or Christianity, or morality, or of the oppressed, then? Just curious, because this confirms that the Bishops operate essentially as a party group in the Lords.

Posted by iain mclean at Tuesday, 19 May 2015 at 1:58pm BST

A very proper hat-tip for 'Ladies First' in the Church of England. About time, I say! Congrats.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Wednesday, 20 May 2015 at 11:07am BST

It was once said that the Episcopal presence in the House of Lords was archaic, anachronistic and ridiculous and that it was therefore entirely in keeping with the spirit of the place. If we can't imagine the carpenter from Nazareth sitting in the House of Lords, why should his apostles think it's their right or duty?

Posted by Disgraceful at Wednesday, 20 May 2015 at 1:35pm BST

Iain, suppose the Convenor were to claim that bishops of the C of E can ensure that "the interests of religion are represented fully..." or that "the interests of Christianity are represented fully..." or that "the interests of morality are represented fully..." or that "the interests of the oppressed are represented fully..."
I wonder how that might be perceived by Muslims, or Pentecostals, or the National Secular Society, or the Labour Party. Don't you think it would come across as just a little arrogant?

Posted by Jamie Wood at Wednesday, 20 May 2015 at 3:32pm BST

I don't believe anyone need worry too much about the Lords Spiritual - their views are, thankfully, comprehensively ignored in the House of Lords. Just think of their humiliating defeat in the debate on Equal Marriage which showed exactly what the Lords thought of the Bishops' moral 'leadership'.

Posted by Laurence Cunnington at Thursday, 21 May 2015 at 8:00am BST

So these ladies will arrive without the practical experience acquired by their male predecessors. A breath of fresh air I suppose?

Posted by Clive Sweeting at Thursday, 21 May 2015 at 2:39pm BST

Iain, surely the interests of the bishops *are* the interests of the poor and oppressed?!

No? Surely they are.




Posted by DBD at Thursday, 21 May 2015 at 11:26pm BST

I guess that this is what is called "positive discrimination"" it's the Bishop of Lincoln that I feel sorry for as Rachel has leap frogged Christopher, who was the next male bishop in the queue, into the best Dining Club in England.

Posted by Father David at Friday, 22 May 2015 at 5:03am BST
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