What are (women) bishops for?

Jul 22, 2014 by

By Ian Paul, Psephizo: [...]  The recent debate about women bishops (which might continue, for reasons below) raises the question of what bishops are for. Those to the ‘left’ who don’t have bishops (but do have people exercising episcopal ministry in some form) often wonder what the fuss is about; those on the ‘right’ wonder at the departure of the C of E from apostolic tradition! It’s worth reflecting a little on the Anglican understanding of the three-fold ordering of ministry as ‘bishops,...

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C of E women bishops: responses and commentary

Jul 22, 2014 by

by Barbara Gauthier: The dust is beginning to settle from last week’s General Synod vote to admit women to the episcopate in the Church of England. Media coverage has focused on statements from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York (“I’m glad we waited until now“) and the tension-free atmosphere surrounding both the debate and the voting (“Joy and Relief at Display of Unity”).  There has been some speculation on whether it would be better to appoint a woman...

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What women bishops mean for Christian Unity

Jul 19, 2014 by

By Ephraim Radner, First Things: On July 14, 2014, the General Synod of the Church of England voted to permit women to be consecrated as bishops in their church. It followed a long, and sometimes bitter debate, and a vote in 2012 that barely fell short of the required two-thirds majority among lay representatives. Part of the decision—debated as to its enforceability—guarantees parochial opponents access to male priests and bishops. For some, the decision was too late in coming. For others,...

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‘Get with the Program’ — The Church of England Votes to Ordain Women Bishops

Jul 18, 2014 by

By Albert Mohler: Writing about the age of John Milton, the British author A. N. Wilson once tried to explain to modern secular readers that there had once been a time when bishops of the Church of England were titanic figures of conviction who were ready to stand against the culture. “It needs an act of supreme historical imagination to be able to recapture an atmosphere in which Anglican bishops might be taken seriously,” he wrote, “still more, one in which  they might be thought...

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Government Ministers’ letter leaves Church of England in no doubt that full inclusion is expected

Jul 18, 2014 by

From Changing Attitude: The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport and Helen Grant MP, Minister for Sport, Tourism and Equalities have written to Rev Colin Coward, Director of Changing Attitude England, spelling out with clarity why the MBE was awarded in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Sajid Javid and Helen Grant are clear that the Government expects the Church of England to make rapid progress towards becoming fully inclusive of gay,...

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Archbishop of York replies to emails supporting Canon Jeremy Pemberton

Jul 17, 2014 by

From Changing Attitude: The office of the Archbishop of York is sending a pro-forma email response to people who have emailed him about the revocation of Jeremy Pemberton’s PTO: Thank you for your email in response to the Acting Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham’s decision to revoke the Permission to Officiate of The Revd Jeremy Pemberton, following his civil marriage to his same sex partner. The Bishop’s action, and more recently his decision to withhold of a licence in relation to an NHS...

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