Comments: General Synod - press reports

when articles like this start to appear:

intended not for a knowing church audience but the general reader then it's time that General Synod took seriously what the impact of this decision will have on the credibility of the church at large.

Posted by junius at Saturday, 10 July 2010 at 10:56am BST

"Church of England clergy will tomorrow meet a senior Roman Catholic bishop to discuss conversion on the very day the General Synod attempts to reach a compromise over the ordination of women as bishops, the issue at the heart of their possible defection."

- Riazat Butt, The Guardian -

If this report is true (and one has to be careful here of the sources) then the clergy meeting the R.C. Bishop, to discuss options 'in case' the General Synod does not give them 'special provisions' to avoid dealing with women bishops; ought to move on to their new Church pasture NOW - without waiting for the verdict.

If they are seriously considering Rome without women clergy as preferable to the Church of England with women Bishops; they should really have moved at the time women were made priests in the Church of England. They are already serving in a Church which allows women to be priests - even though the mechanics of this ordering has been compromised by an un-catholic provision of special circumstances for the dissenters.

The conecept of 'Two Integrities' has never held water ecclesiologically anyway, so any further imposition of a cadre of 'Special Bishops' to provide episcopal ministry for dissenters (who would deliberately avoid the oversight of a woman Diocesan) must further impair the credibility of the C.of E. The rest of the Communion, meanwhile, looks one with sad concern for the women whose gifts are not acceptable to a minority of their 'Mother Church'.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Saturday, 10 July 2010 at 12:47pm BST

[Off-topic: talk about mixed feelings! On the one hand, it only makes sense that "VirtueLess" would fail to respect copyright (of Gledhill's column, used in full). On the other hand, I was glad to read it!]

It's about time that the CofE's "liberal bishops" (I kind of hate that one must use the ideological term, to convey the radical notion (!) that women are fully Imago Dei :-/) stopped being doormats.

The misogynist crowd is determined to "destroy the CofE in order to save it" (from ovaries). Then again, perhaps destroying the CofE is really their purpose and (Roman-issued) assignment? [In these extra-Ordinariate times, it ain't paranoia if it's true!]

Posted by JCF at Saturday, 10 July 2010 at 9:58pm BST

'Where can we be sure of the best deal to enshrine our personal preferences?' does not sound like an 'integrity'. But it has long masqueraded as a certain sort of Anglo-Catholicism.

Few will take up the Ordinariate. I still look forward to discovering why the Holy Father should think that a group of Anglicans who have long pretended (for all they are worth) to be Roman Catholics should wish to swap that freedom for a Roman Catholicism that pretends to be Anglican (minus freedom to pick and choose).

Posted by Lister Tonge at Sunday, 11 July 2010 at 12:43am BST

When articles like this start to appear:

Excellent analysis. We need more of this...

Posted by Pantycelyn at Sunday, 11 July 2010 at 8:52pm BST
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