Church of England Will Have Women As Bishops

From The Telegraph
By John Bingham, Religious Affairs Editor

In a meeting behind closed doors in York, the Church’s House of Bishops gave its approval to legislation to admit women to the episcopacy and rejected a series of attempts to significantly water down the powers of future female bishops.

But they also agreed a key protection for conservative evangelicals and Anglo Catholics who object to women bishops on theological grounds.

In theory the vote clears the way for the church’s General Synod to have a final vote on the issue in July.

But there were signs it has plunged the Church into further uncertainty amid fears that the compromise failed to satisfy either side in the debate.

It remained unclear last night whether the compromise would be enough to see off the prospect of a large-scale exodus of traditionalists to the Roman Catholic Church or a new breakaway Anglican group.

Equally campaigners for women bishops privately voiced disappointment at the compromise. They fear attempts to make women “second class bishops”

Parishes and dioceses have already signalled strong support for ordaining women as bishops.

But a significant minority of traditionalists cannot accept the authority of a women bishop on theological grounds.

Complicated arrangements have been drawn up to allow to request to opt out and answer to a specially chosen male bishop instead.

The House of Bishops agreed last night that the alternative bishop’s authority would be “delegated” from the woman rather than independent from her and that this arrangement would have legal force.

But they also agreed that traditionalist parishes would have more say in who the alternative bishop would be – potentially undermining the powers of the woman bishop.

In statement the House said: “The legislation now addresses the fact that for some parishes a male bishop or male priest is necessary but not sufficient.

“The House rejected more far- reaching amendments that would have changed the legal basis on which bishops would exercise authority when ministering to parishes unable to receive the ministry of female bishops.”

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A look into the Church of England's future…

Author: Fr. Christopher Phillips

Fr. Christopher G. Phillips is the pastor of Our Lady of the Atonement Catholic Church in San Antonio, Texas, where he has served for the past twenty-eight years. He is the founding pastor of the first Anglican Use parish, erected in 1983 under the terms of the Pastoral Provision. Fr. Phillips was ordained as an Anglican for the Diocese of Bristol, England, in 1975. After serving as Curate for three years at St. Stephen Southmead, he returned to the United States and served in two Episcopal parishes in the Diocese of Rhode Island. In 1981 he left the Episcopal Church and moved with his family to Texas, where he was subsequently ordained as a Catholic priest in 1983. Fr. Phillips and his wife, JoAnn, have been married for forty years. They have five children, all grown and married, and three grandchildren.

15 thoughts on “Church of England Will Have Women As Bishops”

  1. "They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all./ Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;/ But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all./ Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed." The Gospel of Saint Luke 17: 27-30

    Let us thank God that we had all our yesterdays, and our today, that we have a clear conscience, that we took no part in sinful and wicked actions; let us also pray for those who need the mercy of God the most, for He does not rejoice in their death but would rather have them be saved and inherit life everlasting.

  2. If there was ever any doubt before, it has been dispelled now. The Church of England has become totally and completely Protestant in every way.

    1. But they also agreed that traditionalist parishes would have more say in who the alternative bishop would be – potentially undermining the powers of the woman bishop.
      You're a bishop, but not quite a bishop? What an insult. This will make the CofE a bigger farce and a laughing stock than it is now.

      Any woman in England who wants to be a bishop in the Anglican Church should emigrate to the U.S. There she will get a much better deal. Regardless of where one stands on the issue of admitting women to the priesthood and the episcopate, this cheapens what purports to be Christian ministry and Holy Orders.

  3. I am glad that both sides in this debate are unhappy with the proposals. It sounds as if the Bishops have got the balance about right. Women may be Bishops, but parishes unhappy with this can look to a male Bishop who is in sympathy with their views. Surely we can go forward with this and then start the much more important task of bringing our nation back to the Christian faith.

    1. Well it is certainly a very protestant position to just say to look for a bishop that suits your preferences!

      Our local 'inclusive' Episcopal church has a lesbian pastor who lives with her partner and everyone is welcome unless, of course, you are pro-life or traditional in your views…

  4. The measure is quintessentially Anglican. It aims to please everyone when in reality it doesn't. The traddies from the Evangelical and Catholic sides will not approve and neither will the liberals and Aff Caths, which have indicated they won't approve that women bishops powers will be watered down to conciliate the traddies. Furthermore the "equality" minded parliament and government of the day at Westminster won't have any measure lessening the powers of female bishops.

    The Church of England has long ceased to be Protestant or even Catholic. It has become a social club where mores and norms change at the whim of the majority.

    1. This is what happens when Parliament has the final say in your church, in what you believe, in what you're allowed to say.

      This is what happens when people think the Kingdom of God is a democracy, where opinions matter merely because a person exists rather than because of any orthodoxy or authority, reducing our Lord into a sort of "unnecessary ornament" that people ignore.

      No wonder Britain's becoming secularized. And all these people go about their sinful business as if Judgement Day isn't imminent, behaving like the world during the time of Noah, or Sodom and Gomorrah during the time of Lot

  5. Now that the liberals in the Church of England have finally gotten past this unpleasant issue, they can get on with the more important task of ensuring that men may marry men and women may marry women at the High Altar. Once that issue is past, it will be on to an official policy in favour of socialism or euthanasia or whatever. What the moderates in the C. of E. don't seem to realise is that liberals are never satisfied with any victory. Each one is only the gateway to the next.

    Traditional Latin Mass Movement

  6. The original story is incorrect. The House of Bishops did not give approval to the measure. Instead, they met to decide whether or not the measure could go forward in its present form or whether it needed amendment. They decided it could go forward. It now goes to the Group of Six who will also survey the proposal. Absent any last minute changes, the measure then goes to General Synod in July where it must be adopted by a super-majority of each house: Bishops, Clergy, and Laity.

    There are increasing numbers of Conservative Evangelicals who are coming out against the measure. They, together with Traditional Anglo-catholics, may hold sufficient sway to defeat the measure in at least one house.

  7. Nice picture. I wonder which two of them will be the future so-called Archbishopess of Canterbury and so-called Archbishopess of York. Better question though. I wonder how many of them would go into a staunch Islamic country, and be taken seriously with their so-called positions, and try to preach the faith and their liberal views. They might have to wear a scarf over their mitre. He He!!!

  8. It is becoming blatantly obvious that traditionalist are no longer welcome within the CofE… many in my parish feel unwelcome and our concerns are looked upon in many cases as nothing more than sexism… the liberal "looney" lefties within the church will no doubt be glad to see the back of us.

    Therefore it is apparent to many that our only options are to either join the Ordinariate or indeed adhere to full communion with Rome…hmmm sadly I await the inevitable.

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