Skip to comments.Vatican Regret at Anglican Vote to Ordain Female Bishops
Posted on 07/08/2008 7:44:22 AM PDT by NYer
(8 July 08 - RV) The Vatican Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity issued a Statement Tuesday regarding recent events within the Anglican Communion.
The Council is headed by Cardinal Walter Kasper. The statement reads:
“We have regretfully learned of the Church of England vote to pave the way for the introduction of legislation which will lead to the ordaining of women to the Episcopacy.
The Catholic position on the issue was clearly expressed by Pope Paul VI and Pope John Paul II. Such a decision signifies a breaking away from the apostolic tradition maintained by all of the Churches since the first millennium, and therefore is a further obstacle for the reconciliation between the Catholic Church and the Church of England.
This decision will have consequences on the future of dialogue, which had up until now born fruit, as Cardinal Kasper had clearly explained when he spoke on June 5 2006 to all of the bishops of the Church of England at the invitation of the Archbishop of Canterbury.
The Cardinal has been invited once again to express the Catholic position at the next Lambeth Conference at the end of July”.
This week the Church of England's ruling General Synod voted to consecrate women as bishops and approved a code of practice.
The synod members voted to approve work on a national statutory code to accommodate those within the Church who object to women bishops.
The synod rejected compromise proposals for new "super bishops" to cater for objectors - and also their preferred option of creating new dioceses.
The decision to go ahead with work on the code came after more than six hours of debate by the General Synod.
Some 1,300 clergy had threatened to leave the Church if safeguards were not agreed to reassure objectors.
This replaces the previous thread that has been locked because I labeled it ‘Ecumenical’.
The way forward to reunion between Rome and Canterbury does not lead through Canterbury but Lagos.
So much for Episcopal priests becoming Catholic priests.
>>>This week the Church of England’s ruling General Synod voted to consecrate women as bishops and approved a code of practice>>>>
Good news for the next generation of girls! Fairness and equality should be a given in 2008!
Now the Catholic Church needs to allow women in that role.
Time for the Anglican faithful, what remains of them, to flee this apostate body and find refuge in some other home. Rome is probably their most likely candidate but no one who is a Bible believing Christian should remain in this apostate church. You can bet that ordaining gay clergy is coming to England, much sooner than any of them would dream.
It's unfortunate, but this may be an insurmountable obstruction. So be it.
......>>the apostles appointed men to be the heads of local bodies of worshipers...>>>
Rules made 1500 years ago, by men...when women were treated as less than posessions.
Bigotry is hard to overcome, but I’m glad to see the Angelicans are doing so!
You’re kidding, right?
Oh, please. It’s not “bigotry;” there’s a natural difference between men and women. Men can’t bear children or be mothers; women can’t be fathers or priests (or bishops).
All the churches with women “priests,” “bishops,” etc. are dying on the vine, anyway, so this will all be a moot point within a few years.
As one other commenter here pointed out, any church that has allowed women clergy has seen a rapid decline. It holds true for each and every denomination that has abandoned God's Word. The Episcopal Church is seeing people leaving in droves, and you can be sure that the same will be happening with the Church of England.
In fact, 1300 clergymen and 11 bishops have already signed a letter threatening to leave (and defect to the Catholic Church, probably) if this resolution passed. You can be sure that we are witnessing the beginning of the breakup of the Church of England.
I started another thread that links an article by Damian Thompson of the Telegraph, U.K. It states that at least 2 Anglican Traditonalist are going to seek Full Communion with Rome and also try to bring in their entire congregations en masse.
Interesting times we are living in and the pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI keeps getting more and more interesting every day.
Nothing He did was without plan or reason.
Hmm, but they had no problem with the installation of Vicky Gene Robinson as a Bishop?
(For those who don't recall, he/she is the openly homosexual Episcopal Bishop from New England).
I couldn't agree more!
Actually, a decision made by Jesus the Christ. This man/God was so unconventional that he commanded his followers to "love your enemies." It is the modern apostates who are prostrate before the mores of the moment, not Jesus.
I believe the Episcopal Church and the Church of England are separate administrative units. One of the issues here is that the C of E is now, apparently, going to accept US Episcopalian parctices that it had formerly rejected.
Granted, they are ultimately the same church, but a lot of more conservative Anglicans in England liked to maintain this fiction that somehow the Episcopal Church was just radical, extreme, and didn’t really reflect “their” church. But of course it did, which is what they are now being forced to admit.
This is a good, fair and just decision by the Angelicans.
It is reflective of the fact that women are just as educated and just as capable as men in the year 2008. This was not the case when these “rules” were written (by men and for men)a thousand years ago.
Women can and will continue in the role of spiritual leaders.... And, for any churh to admonish them for it is a sad sad thing that reflects “blind following” as oppossed to “informend leading”.
I’m open to whomever speaks for goodness, kindness, and holds the 10 commandments to be a good guide for humanity. Shouldn’t matter if this person is black, white, orange,man or woman.....