In the motion, strike Gender Audit and replace with Equality Audit.
The Church of England has bent over backwards to assist women....look at the rapid appointment of women bishops or the large number being ordained. Rather Ireland, Scotland and Wales should be examining their appointment of bishops, which clearly does not favour women. The one woman bishop in Ireland was only appointed when there was an impasse.
One of the key arguments given in favour of consecrating women was that this is what most people in the church wanted. Isn't it funny that in provinces where the people have a say in electing their bishops, it seems to take so long to get any women bishops. Whereas where they are centrally appointed (as in CofE), it happens much more quickly. Maybe "ordinary" congregations, while supporting the principle, don't actually want a woman bishop when push comes to shove?
Well NJ, if that was the case, one might expect to see some effect by now in the two dioceses that have female diocesan bishops, Gloucester and Newcastle. An effect such as a rise in the number of parishes petitioning for oversight by somebody other than their diocesan. I have been looking for signs of this, and so far have not been able to detect any. I would welcome correction on this point by anyone with better local knowledge.
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