UPDATE: The Church of England has voted in the affirmative – females will now be allowed to become bishops. The Vatican isn’t too happy, but, then again, the Church of England isn’t Catholic, so I’m not sure why the Vatican’s response is getting so much coverage on this issue – you’d almost think Europe was going to erupt in another series of religious wars between Anglicans and Catholics.
The Church of England’s General Synod voted in favour of consecrating women and against safeguards demanded by traditionalists opposed to the move.
A Church group will now draw up a code of practice to try to reassure critics.
The Church of England will soon vote on whether or not women can be consecrated as bishops. Now, I am no Episcopal, nor am Christian at all (I used to be… oh, I daresay I used to be), but what’s the deal? The Anglican Church was sought out by ex-Catholics who thought that the Catholic Church was too strict, but lately, there have been a lot of reverse converts. The most recent mass exodus of former über-Episcopals was when Gene Robinson, an openly gay man, was voted as the bishop of New Hampshire. And now women want to be bishops too. They were given the right to be priests in 1994, but why can’t they be bishops? I mean, let’s talk about it – seriously – the only reason why, in my point of view, Gene Robinson was actually elected to be bishop is because he is male. I am guessing that most Episcopalians still think that he is living “in sin.” So, why is this sinner of a man still allowed to be a bishop while a woman (and let’s just say in this case, a heterosexual woman), who is just as holy as this guy can’t? Well, hm. What a predicament.
One signatory to the clergy’s letter, Father Robert Fayers, said while men and women were equal in the eyes of God, he would have some “hard decisions to make” if the Church voted to allow women bishops…
In his Sunday sermon, the Archbishop of Canterbury said Jesus would feel the pain on both sides of the divide in the Church of England over women bishops and gay priests.
Um… 2 things: “while men and women [are] equal…” okay, just this teeny, tiny part angers me to my very core – do you hear the setting-up for an exception to the rule, even if these people are equal in the eyes of God? Secondly, how the heck does that guy know if Jesus would feel the pain?
From what I can see, this isn’t even about religion; it is about power. You cannot bar spirituality. And if women want to be bishops, what is a good and logical reason why they can’t be? If they are already allowed to be priests, there really can be no more excuses. As for the Catholic Church, well, don’t even get me started.