Comments: Archbishop of Canterbury and women bishops

"provision for minorities that respect theological integrity and pastoral continuity." - the ABC -

How does opposition to the prospect of ordaining women bishops (when the principle has already been accepted by previous meetings of General Synod) measure up to this standard: theological integrity and pastoral continuity.

The Church of England - like most other Province of the Anglican Communion - has already accepted that God calls women into priestly and pastoral ministry in the Church. If this is the basic problem for this particular 'minority' where is their 'theological integrity' in continuing to rebel against the constitution of the Church?

'Pastoral continuity', surely, demands that the women who are already part of the sacerdotal ministry of the Church should be encouraged to accept God's call to leadership responsibility in the Church? Why should the Church kowtow to those whose conscience does not allow them to partake of the Body and Blood of Christ consecrated at the hands of a woman? Is this Church Unity, I wonder?

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Thursday, 9 February 2012 at 9:44am GMT

The Church of England also accepted that there were two integrities in this matter and that those in the minority would continue to be respected. Even a disinterested observer finds it scarcely surprising that those in the minority are alarmed when the attitude of those who disagree with them appears to be "Upon Philistia will I triumph, over Edom will I cast out my shoe".

Posted by Oliver Nicholson at Friday, 10 February 2012 at 4:34am GMT

Theologically speaking, surely there cannot ever be 2 integrities? There can only be one integrity - that which is just and right. Of course, there can be more than one view of what is just and right.

But 'Two integrities'? That was the first mistake.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Friday, 10 February 2012 at 9:48am GMT
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