Lay members of the synod have managed to defeat the attempt to allow women to become Bishops. This matters because bishops have a place in the House of Lords, the second legislative chamber of parliament. It goes beyond rights for women, there is a democratic principle at stake in representation. The hierarchy, from the new archbishop to existing bishops, were in favour.
Hopefully the Church of England will get with the times soon. This suggests that the grassroots of the Anglican movement are trying to hold progress back. Time will hopefully disappoint them.
The Bishop of Chelmsford, the Right Reverend Stephen Cottrell, said: ‘This is going to be very hard to sell to people.
‘People were expecting this to go through and it is going to be very difficult to explain to them that it hasn’t. It is bad news for the Church. There is a danger that the Church will become a national embarrassment over this.’
However, the Reverend Prebendary Rod Thomas, a vicar in Plymouth and chairman of the conservative evangelical grouping Reform, which recommended a no vote, said: ‘My overall conclusion is that it is very good news for the Church of England.
‘We have avoided what could have been a disastrous mistake for our unity and witness.’
The laity voted 132 -74 in favour but required a 2/3 majority for the reform to pass. That was 6 votes short.
I am concerned with the anger (see comments for link to blog that reflects) some are directing at the Church of England. The result is more a cause for disappointment, that a minority of the old guard have continued with sexist attitudes.
Article written by John Sargeant on Homo economicus’ Weblog