Comments: Women Bishops: open letter in favour

"Those who wish to avoid the ministry of women will still be able legally to do so." (from the open letter)

The recent news out of South Carolina counsels strongly against permitting theological enclaves.

Posted by Jeremy at Monday, 19 November 2012 at 11:49am GMT

While I'm in favour of women bishops, I'm not sure quoting Galatians out of context and pointing out that Jesus was nice to women forms a Biblical case for it.

Posted by JP at Monday, 19 November 2012 at 1:48pm GMT

Back in the 70's the Episcopal Church also made allowances for those who would not accept women in leadership. One of the consequences of that decision was that it tended to created ghettos around bishops who refused to accept ordained women. These dioceses became over time more and more unwilling to be part of the Episcopal Church. The bulk of these are in the 5 large groups that have left to form new dioceses outside the Episcopal Church.

Posted by Tom Downs at Monday, 19 November 2012 at 5:01pm GMT

As someone pointed out that letter needs some editing. There are a number of signatures that appear twice.

I agree with JP, too. I'm in favour of female bishops (I serve in a diocese with one, in fact), but if this is 'the biblical case', it's very thin. I would have thought a thousand bright theological minds could come up with something better than this.

Posted by Tim Chesterton at Monday, 19 November 2012 at 5:47pm GMT

Although I'm for women's ministry I agre with JP that a couple of biblical quotes, taken out of context, are hardly knock-down arguments.. especially as St Paul was the very one who taught that men and women are "one in Christ" AND he was also the one who instructed the churches that leaders/episcopoi should be male!!!

Posted by RevDave at Monday, 19 November 2012 at 9:51pm GMT
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