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Church of England agrees on women bishops
UPI.com ^ | Dec 30 2008 | UPI

Posted on 12/31/2008 3:07:20 AM PST by Cronos

The bishops of the Church of England have agreed to admit women to their ranks in a compromise that also aims to accommodate traditionalists.

Under the plan, female bishops would be equal to their male colleagues, The Times of London reports. But the church would also have a class of subordinate "flying bishops" to serve parishes who do not accept women's ordination as priests.

Several churches within the worldwide Anglican communion ordain women, including the Episcopal Church in the United States, which began in the 1970s and now has a female presiding bishop. The Australian church recently consecrated its first women.

But the issue remains a divisive one, and experts on canon law expect legal fights if the General Synod approves the Church of England compromise. Female bishops would not be required to delegate their authority over conservative parishes to a traditionalist male bishop, but parishes would be able to wage a legal fight inside the church.


TOPICS: Current Events; Mainline Protestant
KEYWORDS: anglican; bishop; coe; ecusa; europeanchristians; gay; religiousleft; women
how far will they "compromise"....?
1 posted on 12/31/2008 3:07:20 AM PST by Cronos
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To: Cronos
But the church would also have a class of subordinate "flying bishops" to serve parishes who do not accept women's ordination as priests.

Someone please post an image of an air-borne Sally Fields in habit.

Regards,

2 posted on 12/31/2008 3:18:33 AM PST by alexander_busek
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3 posted on 12/31/2008 3:51:54 AM PST by backhoe (All across America, the Lights are going out...)
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To: Cronos

We see how well that arrangement worked out in ECUSA.

The Elizabethan bookends are forming: Elizabeth I reigned over the birth of the British Empire and the Anglican Church. Elizabeth II is reigning over the demise of the British Empire and the Anglican Communion.


4 posted on 12/31/2008 4:23:33 AM PST by bobjam
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i don’t think the problem with the Anglican communion is women bishops, now is it???


5 posted on 12/31/2008 4:36:18 AM PST by avital2
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These liberals clamoring for the “right for women to be bishops” completely misunderstand ordained ministry. Nobody has a right to be ordained to anything. Women bishops is not the same as women voting, or women in college, or women owning property. Before we can discuss whether or not women can be bishops, first we must come to an agreement on the nature of ordained ministry. Once that has happened, then we can look into whether or not that understanding allows women, or married men, or persons with full time secular jobs, etc. to be ordained to any rank of ministry.


6 posted on 12/31/2008 5:30:13 AM PST by bobjam
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To: Cronos
More great news for the Catholic Church. You Anglicans...just keep it coming. Next you can give episcopal approval to actively homosexual men AND women to add to your endorsement of contraception, abortion, divorce and re-marriage, cloning, IVF, embryonic stem cell research, you name it.
7 posted on 12/31/2008 6:37:29 AM PST by veritas2002
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Since they permit bishops who are atheists, why would Anglicans object to women? Just one thing though—mocking God is playing with fire.


8 posted on 12/31/2008 7:44:15 AM PST by Faraday
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within a few years there will be overwhelming pressure to remove any “flying Bishops” that may have been put into service. The female lobby, as is the homosexual lobby in the Episcopal Church, has tremendous power to get it’s way, and does. The Church of England is following suit.


9 posted on 12/31/2008 3:08:25 PM PST by elpadre (nation)
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