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Bishop of Fulham profiled

The BBC Radio 4 programme Profile featured the Bishop of Fulham last week. Here is the BBC blurb about the programme:

The Rt Rev John Broadhurst, the Bishop of Fulham and chairman of Forward in Faith, the mainly Anglo-Catholic organisation opposed to the ordination of women. Traditionalists like Bishop Broadhurst were left more isolated this week after the Church of England’s ruling body the General Synod moved one step nearer to the concecration of women bishops. Those close to him say frequent accusations of misogyny have been wounding but are completely misplaced.

Listen to the 15 minute programme via this page.

The programme’s presenter, Mary Ann Sieghart wrote about it in her latest column for the Independent newspaper, Women on top? You’ve got to be joking:

…Even in the Church of England, which now has women priests and is close to accepting women as bishops, the hatred and vilification are shocking. At last weekend’s meeting of the General Synod, some women priests were spat at. And a male bishop who appeared on the radio programme I made complained that the Synod had now been “swamped” by part-time women clergy or – as he put it – “ladies with time on their hands”.

Hearing a word like “swamped”, you might expect the House of Clergy to have been taken over by women. In fact, they account for just 39 of 197 members. In other words, men still take up 80 per cent of the places. But if women are seen as threatening and monstrous – as in that priest’s painting – even their minority presence is hugely amplified.

This overestimation of the power and representation of women is commonplace. Research shows that when women speak in the classroom exactly 50 per cent of the time, both men and women think they spoke more. When I took part in an internet debate recently about whether Oxford University was sexist, James Kingston, president of the Oxford Union, said: “Most of the History tutors at Christ Church seem to be women.” In fact, there are six women and six men there…

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tommiaquinas
tommiaquinas
11 years ago

“At last weekend’s meeting of the General Synod, some women priests were spat at.”

Is there any evidence for this at all? I’m sure we’d have heard if this were the case.

Pat O'Neill
Pat O'Neill
11 years ago

What’s most “enlightening” in that linked article are the comments. Do only the right-wing nutjobs comment on stuff these days?

Ed Tomlinson
11 years ago

The quote about swmaping was not from Bishop John.

One should also ask people to cite who it is who is spitting at them. An easy accusation to make but one I find very hard to believe. Noone I know in FIF would ever stoop to that level and I know a lot. Was it a lone rogue or something worth smearing us all with I wonder? Or did it even happen- its just the spitting accusation always comes out when we start to get positive press

John B. Chilton
11 years ago

Mary Ann Sieghart: “At last weekend’s meeting of the General Synod, some women priests were spat at”

Shocking. I’d not heard that before. Are other reports with more details?

junius
junius
11 years ago

Someone called Edwin Barnes also said that Mrs Broadhurst was almost the equal of her husband, then, realising the error, quickly back-pedalled. But it’s fun when true feelings slip out like that.

Mark Bennet
Mark Bennet
11 years ago

Ed – no, the quote was from Bishop Edwin Barnes, accurately described as a male bishop in the quote above.

Nat
Nat
11 years ago

“Do only the right-wing nutjobs comment on stuff these days?”

Yes, which is I have taken a Solemn Oath NOT to read the internet-based comments on any article I read.

Only the extremists have the motivation to write in; the middle ground, which I remind myself is the majority, don’t feel the need – and are alienated by the extremists (who may be the best allies of progress and change).

Hannah
11 years ago

+Edwin Barnes was formerly bishop of Richborough (PEV in the south-east), and it was indeed he, and not +John Broadhurst, who was responsible for the extraordinary comment about Synod being “swamped” by “ladies with time on their hands”.

Robert Ian Williams
Robert Ian Williams
11 years ago

Bishop Barnes is retired and is throwing his lot in for the Ordinariate. He has his pension and has nothing to lose. You can’t help but like Bishop Barnes…he has non of the ire of BishopBroadhurst.Bishop Barnes comes across as a real gentleman.

Interesting piece on the Anglo-Catholic blog that there was a disagreement between Catholic Bishop Mcmahon and a flying bishop at the meeting in Leicester. It was over celibacy, and this results from the ambiguous way in which the Papal document was written.

Diego
11 years ago

I doubt very much that that quotation came from the Bishop of Fulham. He’s more subtle than that. However, I wonder why he keeps on attending Synod as he said that it is a sinful set-up and that it should be dismantled.

Bill Dilworth
Bill Dilworth
11 years ago

“”ladies with time on their hands”

This seems to be a common right wing UK Anglo Catholic slur of women clergy; I’ve seen it in the work of other people than +Barnes.

bobinswpa
bobinswpa
11 years ago

I’d like a source check. It seems some statements about the going-ons are not factual or exaggerated.

Simon Sarmiento
11 years ago

I’ve made enquiries about the spitting claim, and I can confirm that Mary Ann Sieghart’s report comes from a highly reliable source.

David Malloch
David Malloch
11 years ago

Re Diego’s comment on why +Fulham continues to attend synod – he doesn’t, he is not a member.

Re spitting – we need to know who spat at whom – this is something traditionalists would want to condemn in the strongest possible terms – many of us have good local relationships with female clergy and, in any case, such behaviour is profoundly unchristian. But we need the evidence that it happened and the name(s) of the guilty.

Neil
Neil
11 years ago

Sorry to hear that Simon – and not typical. I know of nobody who would be likely to spit at a lady in the way reported, and so to hear this is a reliable report is depressing. Can you confirm how many women priests were spat at? And was it by one person or more?

Adam Armstrong
Adam Armstrong
11 years ago

Interesting article from “The Anglo Catholic” about a spat between the RC Bishop of Nottingham and The Bishop of Richborough(Newton)re. the Ordinariate and celibacy.

http://www.theanglocatholic.com/2010/07/splintered-sunrise-on-richborough-vs-nottingham/

Father Ron Smith
11 years ago

“And a male bishop who appeared on the radio programme I made complained that the Synod had now been “swamped” by part-time women clergy or – as he put it – “ladies with time on their hands”. – Mary Ann Sieghart, Independent art. – One wonders precisely who this bishop was, and at the absolute arrogance with which such a thought could be given voice on public radio. If this is the level of theological thinking of any of the House of Bishops in the Church of England, one might question whether they have ever had anything at all to… Read more »

Ed Tomlinson
11 years ago

I think the spitting point is very important and have blogged on it today. http://sbarnabas.com/blog/2010/07/21/spitting-mad/ If this is a one off then the spitter needs naming, shaming but the liberals MUST publicly state that this is not representative of all opponents. The spitter is likely unstable and how would the spat on know the reason? Was it her gender or dogcollar in general? How does she know the opinion of the spitter? did they discuss it with her? If a serious problem done by many then show the evidence. What outrages many is the use of an unsubstantiated claim in… Read more »

David Malloch
David Malloch
11 years ago

Ron, the bishop to whom you refer is +Edwin Barnes, a retired bishop of Richborough. For the record, he has never lived in a palace, his See House was a very small terraced house in St Alban’s.

Gerry Lynch
11 years ago

I agree that Edwin Barnes is an absolute gent. But his current ecclesio-political line is absolute bunk, as is that of Ed Tomlinson, also a gent but a wrong gent. Traditionalist Catholics seem not to be in one mind on where to go post women bishops. The Barnes line – as others note, his livelihood is secure – seems to be to move to Rome as a sort of Uniate Church under the auspices of Anglicanorum Coetibus with all due haste. If so, good luck to him. Go with God. Maybe now they’ll finally start using Anglican liturgies, which would… Read more »

Anglican
Anglican
11 years ago

While up on your high horse, Fr Ed, will you also condemn your fellow Ordinariate fan +Barnes, who stated incorrectly that Synod is ‘swamped’ by female NSMs and who smeared them all as ‘ladies with time on their hands’?

Ed Tomlinson
11 years ago

Jerry could you please show me where exactly the Vatican compared women priests to child abusers. SHow us the link by quoting them and not the media…..

….go on. And I will concede every argument ever made here ; )

Ed Tomlinson
11 years ago

I think that +Edwin’s choice of words was regretable. His point about the level of theology in nsm training as opposed to full time I would stand by, unpopular though that may be…

Fr Mark
Fr Mark
11 years ago

Ed: “His point about the level of theology in nsm training as opposed to full time I would stand by, unpopular though that may be…”

Oh dear, watch those prejudices, Father. Some of the people who have done NSM courses have a vastly higher level of education than plenty of the full-time clergy.

Bill Dilworth
Bill Dilworth
11 years ago

“If this is a one off then the spitter needs naming, shaming but the liberals MUST publicly state that this is not representative of all opponents.”

The idea that a group of people unconnected with the incident are somehow responsible for how it reflects, or does not reflect, on another group seems bizarre. It might be nice if they publicly stated such a thing – it might even be the charitable thing. But to claim that it’s obligatory just seems strange. One gets the impression that your whole attitude to “liberals” is concerned with what you think they owe you.

Ed Tomlinson
11 years ago

I agree Fr. mark. The point I am making is that an individual taking an NSM course would come out less well equipped than the same person embarking on a full time course. that is not a reflection of the people on the course but what any course can deliver part time.

Gerry Lynch
11 years ago

Ed, too easy. Article 5 of the recent amendments to Normae to Gravioribus Delictis (http://visnews-en.blogspot.com/2010/07/modifications-made-in-normae-de.html) describes taking part in the ordination of a woman as a “more grave delict”, indeed, one subject to excommunication. Article 6 describes paedophilia as, you’ve guessed it, a “more grave delict”, and indeed one subject to lesser penalties. Much has been made by apologists for the Ratzinger clique of Frederico Lombardi’s statement that women’s ordination was a “sacramental” crime while paedophilia was a “moral” crime. But that doesn’t tell us which, if any, they see as the graver offence. I’d wager a tidy amount that… Read more »

Erika Baker
Erika Baker
11 years ago

Mark I don’t often agree with Ed, and I don’t know the respective content of the NSM courses and of fulltime courses. But coming from a country where ordinands have to have a theology degree, I do believe that rigorous training is a helpful thing. While people still represent one of the major schools of thought, there is less ignorance about what the others believe, about the development of theology through the ages, and generally more tolerance of those beliefs because they are more properly understood. I can’t help but feel that some of our own illtempered debates have their… Read more »

Cynthia Gilliatt
Cynthia Gilliatt
11 years ago

Question of fact: I keep reading of the large number of Church of England women priests who work unpaid [non-stipendiary is the term used in the states for those not earning a wage from church work.] Is this by choice? By circumstance? What about retirement? Compensation for transportation costs? I have always been non-stipe, since I held a full time teaching appointment when I was ordained. This has been both by choice and circumstance. I get paid for supply work, but am not part of the Church Pension system. Since I have adequate retirement from the state of Virginia and… Read more »

Bill Dilworth
Bill Dilworth
11 years ago

“Seriously, this is the week when the Vatican has compared our women priests to child abusers and our Masses to desecration of the host”

What’s this about host desecration?

Hannah
11 years ago

Come on, let’s be sensible about this. +Edwin’s comments about women in the House of Clergy are clearly just silly, bearing no – and I repeat no -resemblance to the actual make-up of the house. However, it wouldn’t matter to +Edwin, +John Broadhurst or indeed Fr Ed if the House of Clergy were full of incumbents (or indeed, archdeacons or deans), who held doctorates in systematic theology from top universities, if those clergy happened also to be female. I tend to credit opponents of women’s ministry with having a theological objection to my being ordained, but when the argument degenerates… Read more »

chenier1
chenier1
11 years ago

Ed Tomlinson

The statement is at the Catholic News Service: do you have any reason to believe that their story is wrong?

http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/1002827.htm

Gerry Lynch
11 years ago

Bill,

we crossed in the post. See Article 3 of the amendments to Normae de Gravioribus Delictis.

Fr James
Fr James
11 years ago

Cynthia,

There is nothing sinister about the fact that there are female non-stipendiary ministers. There are plenty of male NSMs too. They are selected by the Church via the same processes as stipendiary candidates (diocesan sponsorship and a national selection conference). People may become NSMs for a whole host of reasons – circumstance, as you say, or simply that they believe their vocation is to enter into self-supporting ministry. It is of course by choice – ‘the unpaid women clergy’ to whom you refer have not been forced into self-supporting ministry simply because they are women.

Jim
Jim
11 years ago

Can Ed and Erika stop all this nonsense about full-time training and NSM training? It’s bizarre, not leasat because there is no such thing as “NSM training”. There is residential training and there is non-residential training. Either can lead to stipendiary or self-supporting ministry. I think the claim that someone coming from a non-residential course is less well equipped for ministry than someone from a college would need a *great deal* of supporting evidence, rather than anecdotal prejudice to back it up, before it ceased to be a baseless slur on a significant proportion of our full-time stipendiary clergy. And… Read more »

Robert Ian Williams
Robert Ian Williams
11 years ago

I think Anglican theological training for both NSM and full time is weak, and I really hope that the Vatican makes any convert clergy selected for ordination do at least two more years.
The Vatican text is about internal dissenters…we see Ed et al as invalid as any woman cleric.

Yet I see on Youtube Anglican women priests allowed to celebrate at Catholic altars in France.

Cynthia Gilliatt
Cynthia Gilliatt
11 years ago

” People may become NSMs for a whole host of reasons – circumstance, as you say, or simply that they believe their vocation is to enter into self-supporting ministry. It is of course by choice – ‘the unpaid women clergy’ to whom you refer have not been forced into self-supporting ministry simply because they are women.” Thanks for the clarification. The reason for my question is that I kept seeing references to ‘unpaid women clergy’ and none to men. I expect if I lived on your side of the pond I would have known this. We do have a problem… Read more »

Fr Mark
Fr Mark
11 years ago

Erika: “I can’t help but feel that some of our own illtempered debates have their origin in far too much ignorance and prejudice.” Well, that may be true to an extent, but let’s not also forget that some of those whom we might regard as the most vocal allies of the ignorant and prejudiced dark side of religion at the moment – the Sugdens, Giddings, Wrights, Nazir-Alis and other powers and dominations of this world – have cartloads of doctorates between them. Not forgetting also that great light of the intellectual firmament and author of many an academic monograph printed… Read more »

Rosalind
Rosalind
11 years ago

There are many reaons why clergy may be SSM (Self-supporting Ministers) and not stipendiary. Some have a real sense of vocation to living out their priestly vocation incarnationally in secular employment or, indeed, without any other paid employment. Some have enough income from a pension from a previous career to allow them to offer their time to the church without seeking a stipend. But it is noticeable that there are significantly more women SSMs than men, and a little bit of listening to their stories soon throws up plenty of instances where they were told that they would not be… Read more »

Malcolm+
11 years ago

There have been concerns expressed in some places about the fact that non-stipendiary clergy are significantly more likely to be female – and in several Canadian dioceses, more likely to be First Nations people. The unintended consequence of local ordination may be an accidental institutional sexism and racism.

Jeremy Pemberton
Jeremy Pemberton
11 years ago

Ed – both courses and colleges train people for stipendiary ministry and self-supporting ministry. It is a common mistake – though one that I think someone like you should know about and avoid – to think that courses are only for “NSM” clergy and full-time courses are for stipendiary. The quality of training is of course variable – but look here for the latest inpection reports – http://www.cofe.anglican.org/lifeevents/ministry/qualityassurance/inspectionreports.html There is ample evidence here that inspectors applying the same criteria to both colleges and courses have found some courses to be offering training of just as good a quality as that… Read more »

Erika Baker
Erika Baker
11 years ago

Mark
There will always be highly intelligent individuals moved by whatever they’re moved by. Their ability to create powerful movements depends either on the validity of their cause or on the level of education of those they speak to.

Ed Tomlinson
11 years ago

Regarding the manner some on this site delight in pretending that the Vatican equates WO with child abuse simply because a similar law covers both: In the Florida statutes those who impersonate police officers, sheriffs, government officials, etc have committed a felony and sentencing for this can be 30, 15, or 5 years. These crimes are covered under statues 775.082, s. 775.083 unlawful sexual activity with minors while also a felony appears under the exact same statues in regard to punishment! So will you now decry Florida claiming they see police impersonators with child abusers? Or will you learn a… Read more »

Perry Butler
Perry Butler
11 years ago

And whether you are trained at college or on a course ,this is followed by three ( usually four)years in a curacy with an experienced training incumbent and Post Ordination Training in a diocesan context. Of course there are weaknesses..the same is often said of teachers and social workers. It may be that some ordinands lack adequate Anglican formation before they begin training. For some a two year course might better be three ( most over 30’s only do two years)POT might benefit from more academic content and so on…..but at least the C of E system is unlikely to… Read more »

chenier1
chenier1
11 years ago

Ed Tomlinson ‘Just a question…..’ Your first contribution on this point was the claim that it had all been made up by the media. Indeed, you were so confident that you asserted that if you were wrong you would ‘concede every argument ever made here’ You were wrong, but you have not honoured that commitment. Clearly you had no intention of ever honouring that commitment, since you are instead attempting to attack the point in a different way by making the blindingly obvious statement that all bodies of law contain offences of varying degree. Of course they do; the problem… Read more »

Fr James
Fr James
11 years ago

No chenier1, I don’t believe that Ed is posturing. In fact, he has a valid point about how crimes can be ranked together in legal systems all around the world. Although you claim that this is ‘blindingly obvious’ it seems that many of your fellows don’t recognise this.

Also, I don’t really see how you can say that Ed changes what he says by the hour… it seems to me that his comments on this board relating to the Church of England, the ordination of women, the Roman Catholic Church and many other topics, are pretty consistent.

MarkBrunson
11 years ago

So, you believe the statutes of Florida and the Vatican’s pronouncements are of the same order?

mynsterpreost (= David Rowett)
11 years ago

Remembering my time serving on the Council of a regional training scheme, and recalling my wife’s experiences of lecturing on one, I think we found the following areas to be of concern. The ecumenical nature of the training led to a wish to keep everyone happy (I remember the URC rep at the time demanding equal weight to be given to the URC liturgical tradition as for Anglican and Methodist – although only one student came from that background). Breadth rather detracted from depth, perhaps. Access to books in a non-residential scheme is patchy. The diocese of Lincoln does not… Read more »

Perry Butler
Perry Butler
11 years ago

I can see the problems David esp courses serving large rural areas..my experience was with the Southwark Ordination Course ( now SEITE) where things were very different.

Doug
Doug
11 years ago

Regarding Ed Tomlinson’s remarks –

If, in the midst of a pedophilia crisis, any politician or law enforcement official in the state of Florida made it a point to link the crimes of impersonating a police officer and pedophilia within a single statement/letter along the lines of what the Vatican has done, he or she would be looking for a new job the next day.

In fact, legitimate questions would be raised over that person’s seriousness in dealing with the issue of pedophilia, or maybe his/her sanity.

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