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Women Bishops in the Church of England [Jul. 14th, 2014|05:30 pm]
Douglas Spencer
Warmest congratulations to the Church of England, which has recognised the validity of the ministry of women in the role of bishop.

It seems to me that, having recognised the validity of the ministry of women in the role of priest years and years and years ago, it made no theological sense at all to deny to us the validity of their ministry as bishops. I'm glad the church is gradually getting a clue.

Now all we need to do is grant parishes who don't want to be overseen by a male bishop the opportunity to opt out and be overseen by a female bishop instead. That would be a suitable concession by those who demanded the opposite "suitable" concession before they grudgingly assented to this measure.

Oh, wait, I'm being mean-spirited. Stop that.

Next stop, recognising that not all people who offer themselves for ordained ministry are exclusively heterosexual. How long, do we think, before that happens?

[User Picture]From: gerald_duck
2014-11-30 10:10 pm (UTC)
The Church of England already accepts non-heterosexuals for ordained ministry. The problems are that they must remain celibate (I sense they may be able to think up more ways of having fun than Lambeth Palace has the wit to prohibit), can't marry (though can take a civil partner) and, de facto turn out not to be able to become a Bishop.

They haven't stopped the Reverends Richard and David Coles yet, even though one of them is persistently gay all over Radio 4 and QI.
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2014-11-30 10:28 pm (UTC)
Yeah, but. The 1991 document we're required to assent to before ordination is an awful, dehumanising thing. "You can become ordained but you have to admit that you're less than fully human in order to do so", in code.
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