Tuesday, November 17, 2009

No room for compromise in the Anglicans' divided flock

From Yorkhshire Post-

THE Church of England was born in compromise. Or so it says in the preface to the 1662 Book of Common Prayer. Its ability to compromise is its "wisdom", say the preface's compilers.
But where is that wisdom now? Has it fled through the stained glass windows?

It emerged this weekend that the Church of England's traditionalist clergy and lay people have been snubbed after a compromise – that word again – deal over women bishops was jettisoned.

Anglo-Catholics and evangelicals had hoped and earnestly prayed that the Church would agree to appoint male bishops to oversee them. But it has now become sadly, possibly even tragically, clear that a body looking at the females in mitres proposals – the Revision Committee of the General Synod, the Church's parliament – has failed to back the idea.

The rejection will certainly cause an unholy mighty row and almost certainly lead to the exodus of clergy – possibly as many as 500 – who have long warned that they will depart unless they are given safeguards to protect their belief that a woman can no more be a bishop, or a priest for that matter, than she can father a child.

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