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07 July 2008 @ 10:01 pm
Good morning, Bishop Mary.  
The Church of England Synod has voted for the ordination of female bishops and against the demands of traditionalists for "super-bishops" to minister to those who refuse to accept female bishops.

My reason for mentioning this purely-Anglican matter is to point out the position of the humorously-titled "Right Reverend" John Broadhurst, Bishop of Fulham, who is quoted in the article as saying:
"I think a lot of us have made it quite clear if there isn't proper provision for us to live in dignity, inevitably we're driven out. It's not a case of walking away."

Yes, Reverend, it is a case of walking away. It is a case of choosing to hold to discrimination in the name of tradition, of your own privilege, literally one you hold in this particular instance, over inclusiveness and progress. You prefer to see your Church continue down the path to moribund irrelevancy in the modern world, claiming a doctrinal position that failed in the face of the ordination of women as priests at all.

When your dignity requires another to live without dignity, then no one has dignity at all.
Current Mood: vaguely amused
Eresseaeressea on July 8th, 2008 12:16 pm (UTC)
What particularly amused me about this story is the fact that - unless things have changed dramatically - the Queen is the Supreme Head of the Church of England, and has been for more than 50 years now. And how long was Victoria on the throne?

Not so long ago we had a group splinter off the local Anglican Church of Canada because they (rather, their "leader") couldn't accept the ordination of gays.

It's nice to know that the Synod will be working to provide comfort to those members who don't want to live in the 20th (never mind the 21st) century. I'd say suck it up and get with the program.
The Cajun Gypsythatcrazycajun on July 8th, 2008 10:30 pm (UTC)
I saw the headline and instantly had an image of a female Anglican bishop opening a big old King James Bible to find a packet of photos and a mini-tape recorder in the hollowed-out middle that clicked on, saying, "Good morning, Bishop Mary. These congregants have refused to participate in services at which you officiate. Your mission, should you decide to accept it..."
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on July 8th, 2008 11:12 pm (UTC)
"...should you decide to accept it, is to turn the other cheek. Theirs, preferably. You could hit them with this Bible, but it will self-destruct in ten seconds."