Skip to comments.Archbishops Risk 'Bloodbath' Over Women Priests by Letting Opponents of Reform Remain in The Clergy
Posted on 06/21/2010 7:42:17 AM PDT by marshmallow
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are to make a dramatic intervention in the long-running row over women bishops this week by demanding that opponents of female clergy are not driven out of the Church.
Dr Rowan Williams and Dr John Sentamu are so concerned thousands of traditionalist churchgoers will quit when women become bishops that they are to risk the wrath of liberals by calling for major reforms in Church legislation.
Sources said their statement will spell out a legal formula that will give traditionalist clergy and parishes the right to reject the authority of a woman bishop.
The intervention comes before a critical, 15-hour debate at the General Synod in York next month, which insiders are predicting could become a bloodbath.
Traditionalists, who do not accept that women can be priests or bishops, have been calling for the creation of a his and hers Church, in which they cannot be forced to serve under a woman bishop.
Liberals say, however, this would unacceptably diminish the status of women bishops because there would be parts of the Church over which they would have no sway.
So far the Synod has only agreed to give traditionalists minimal protection in the..........
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Go ahead. Thousands are leaving Church of England and Episcopal Churches anyway. It’s gone way past the tipping point.
Oh, I thought this was about Catholic priests and bishops!
So did I! I had to read the headline a second time before it sunk in...
IMO, the only branch of Anglicanism that is going to survive is in Africa. Somewhat ironic.
“Sources said their statement will spell out a legal formula that will give traditionalist clergy and parishes the right to reject the authority of a woman bishop.”
That’s the equivalent of saying, “We are going to divide our house against itself so it can stay standing.”
The Anglican leadership is in such a massive state of delusion that they can’t even grasp the basics of organizational leadership. Imagine Microsoft creating a formula for employees to reject the authority of management! Wouldn’t happen...