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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Mind The Gap | The Church of England votes on Bishopettes




You may have heard—the Church of England is meeting to vote on the issue of women "bishops". Pretty much all the news organizations are saying the same thing. That is, that the outcome is all but a done deal.

So then, what does one say to the Anglo-catholics who stayed to fight the good fight while the Ordinariate folk, rightly sensing utter futility, swam the Tiber and reached the safe shores of the Holy See? 'I told you so' wouldn't be charitable, and hardly seems necessary given that the media, the Archbishop of Canterbury and the British Government have pretty much pied the remaining Anglo-catholics in the face with a foregone conclusion. That's correct, the government. Bear in mind, the CofE is a state "church", and what parliament wants this time parliament will likely get, one way or the other.

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Anyone with an ounce of compassion must be feeling something of the pain of those who have been marginalized in the midst of all the ecclesiastical trickery and theological gymnastics. By voting for women bishops, the Synod will not only be abandoning the Anglicans who have objected to such an innovation, the leadership will be further complicating the conversation with the Apostolic churches. The action likely to be taken by the CofE will not bode well for ecumenical relations. The decision to ordain women to the episcopacy will widen the gap between Anglicans and Catholics as well as complicating Anglicanism's relationship with the non-catholic eastern Apostolic churches. All we Catholics can do is offer up to the Holy Spirit our fervent desire for unity and continue to pray with Jesus to the Father that the Church will united under the Vicar of Christ.—St. John 17:11

A bishop by any other name is still a rose.

Even if the Synod derails this coming Monday and goes against women being made bishops, and the government chooses not to step in, it is only a matter of time until certain people get their way. Note the comments below attributed to Ms. Rose Hudson-Wilkin. Clearly, she believes in a church made in her own image, and she's not alone.

On Monday in the Central Hall of the University of York, the Synod of the Church of England is expected – finally – to give the go ahead to the measure (i.e., approve the ordination of women as bishops).

The Speaker’s Chaplain, the Reverend Rose Hudson-Wilkin, who has been widely tipped to be the first woman bishop, was not alone in declaring the prospect of equality as a “miracle” although she warned that it was far from a foregone conclusion.

“I think it would be foolish to jump up and down and say it’s in the bag – it’s not all in the bag. If this happens then we will be getting a church that truly reflects the people of God and truly reflects what it means to be the body of Christ – male and female together in leadership,” she said. ("Then we will be getting a church... that we want, made in our own image, fashioned in the image of the age in which we live... .")

Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, is said to be prepared to drive through the change should the draft measure be defeated on Monday evening. (Why, then, have a vote? To maintain the illusion of the synod process?)

Among the options reported to be under consideration are dissolving the Synod to allow fresh elections to take place; or driving through (!) the measure in the House of Lords to avoid Parliament stepping in.

Lambeth Palace has refused to be drawn on the suggestion, remaining quietly confident that the simplified second chance, championed by Mr Welby, will succeed.
Done. Deal.

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