Skip to comments.Church of England Won't Allow Female Bishops
Posted on 11/20/2012 12:27:02 PM PST by nickcarraway
The Church of England's governing body on Tuesday narrowly blocked a move to permit women to serve as bishops, leaving the church facing more years of contentious debate.
Following a daylong debate, opponents mustered enough support to deny the necessary two-thirds majority among lay members of the General Synod, with backers falling six votes short of passage.
Many speakers expressed regret that they were unable to agree on a way forward.
"Whatever the outcome, there is no victory in the coming days," said Rev. Angus MacLeay, summing up for the opposition. "It is a train crash."
The defeat was a setback for Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, who retires at the end of December, and his successor, Bishop Justin Welby. Both had strongly endorsed a proposed compromise that they had hoped would end decades of debate on the issue in the church which has around 80 million members worldwide.
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“Church of England Won’t Allow Female Bishops”
But they will allow queer bishops.
They already have female clergy, right?
If so, they are a little late here on closing the door. Especially since they have a homosexual man at the top, IIRC.
That’s step one.
Step two: Depose the queer ones.
I'm afraid you don't RC. Rowan Williams' extremely qualified and cautious statements expressing some understanding of the position of homosexual clergy were bizarrely interpreted in some quarters as proving that he himself is homosexual. There's never been the slightest shred of evidence that this might be true.
Okay it does not really matter much to me whether he is or he isn’t.
What I feel confident in saying is that clergy such as he have contributed to the normalizing of deviant behaviors.
His wiki page has him being married since 1981, with two children.