No to Women Bishops

From Damian Thompson, and I don’t think he’s far wrong. I find it difficult to imagine Anglo-Catholics and conservative Evangelicals being allowed to enjoy a roll-back.

Well! I didn’t see that coming. News just in that the House of Laity hasn’t given the required majority to the women bishops legislation. I’m sorry if this seems melodramatic, but the anger of the majority of bishops and clergy who supported this move ensures that the next Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, faces the prospect of an Anglican civil war. I won’t pretend that the decision makes much sense to me: a situation in which women can be bishops in most parts of the Anglican Communion but not its spiritual home is weird enough, but when you consider that the C of E allows women to be deacons, priests but not bishops… it’s an ecclesial mess of the most peculiar variety. Not just Archbishop-designate Welby but the majority of the Church’s bishops have had their authority diminished by this vote. Traditionalists and evangelicals have won a victory, of sorts, tonight, but I very much doubt that they will be allowed to enjoy it.

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4 Responses to No to Women Bishops

  1. William Tighe says:

    At the ludicrously misnamed “Thinking Anglicans” website the backlash has already begun; just survey the comment threads on any of the last four or five postings there to witness a case of the old adage “Quos Iuppiter vult perdere dementat prius.” I also think of Martin Luther’s fine line about his anabaptist fellow-reformer Thomas Muntzer, “He has swallowed the Holy Ghost, feathers and all!.” I think that some of the commenters show signs of having swallowed a bellyful of feathers, and perhaps worse:

    I have tried to contribute to the discussion on this thread there:

    • show signs of having swallowed a bellyful of feathers, and perhaps worse

      They could try prussic acid! 😉

    • Dale says:

      Dr Tighe, I read your attempts to keep the conversation somewhat theological, but I do not believe that it will have too much effect. Most of the comments posted are based almost solely upon secular concepts of “justice” and “gender equality” for those who support the consecration of women bishops; whilst those who are opposed are simply condemned as “misogynists.” Hence, it would appear that a serious conversation, based upon religious tradition and principals, will find no hearing amongst “thinking” Anglicans; it will simply be an emotional reaction based upon gender politics and hatred for old men (strange how hating old, one suspects, white, men is so socially acceptable amongst those who care so strongly about the rights of women). What I did find interesting is the complete lack of cultural sensitivity to those who are opposed to women bishops on theological, biblical, and cultural grounds. One suspects that cultural sensitivity is only reserved to those who support bishopesses.

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