Comments: women bishops: more about the laity petition

It seems both indicative, and honest perhaps, that this petition does not refer to the Scriptures. Apostolic Christianity used very strong terms to express that it did not allow women to take authority over men. Like in all good Christian congregations, it was simply not done. Not in the New Testament. Not for the two thousand years that have followed since. Why not? Because of cultural factors, less enlightened Greeks or Romans being offended? Far from. The Apostolic Church gave 1) the order and purpose of Creation; 2) her part played in the Fall 3) and the present Headship of Jesus Christ of the Church as theological reasons for reserving the priesthood and episcopate to believing men of integrity.
These reasons were not cultural in nature, but historical and theological. They have not changed since. The church has. It simply does not agree with St Paul anymore. In its wisdom it knows better. Consequently the Church of England is not only loosing its apostolic nature, but wants others to do the same, contemplating whether it should still tolerate Apostolic convictions in its midst.

A truly sad state of affairs.

Posted by Dr Benno, Presbyterian minister at Monday, 2 June 2008 at 4:52am BST

What you are advocating is not in the interests of the movement to promote women as bishops. You will simply force large numbers of clergy who believe in the sacramental nature of bishops out of the Church. The result will be that the evangelical party will be greatly strengthened in the Church of England and many of them see bishops merely as senior-ministers anyway.

Poorly thought out and clumsy - I trust the letter was not drafted by a future female bishop as that does not bode well.

Posted by charles at Thursday, 3 July 2008 at 6:38pm BST
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