ACNA College of Bishops Issue Solomonic Decision on Women’s Ordination

Sep 12, 2017 by

by David W Virtue, VOL:

In a decision that will not please everybody, but one that goes against the grain of progressive Anglican provinces like The Episcopal Church, the Anglican Church of Canada, the Church of England, the Church in Wales, the Scottish Episcopal Church, the Anglican Church of Australia and AOTEAROA; the Anglican Church in North America vetoed women bishops and women priests, but left open the door to those dioceses that still wish to ordain women.

“We agree that there is insufficient scriptural warrant to accept women’s ordination to the priesthood as standard practice throughout the Province. However, we continue to acknowledge that individual dioceses have constitutional authority to ordain women to the priesthood,” said the statement.

The College of Bishops unanimously agreed that women will never be consecrated as bishops in the Anglican Church in North America.

ACNA does allow women to be ordained to the Diaconate.

This decision flies in the face of a recent decision by the Archbishop of Canterbury, who oversaw the first women consecrated as bishops in the Church of England. Two weeks ago, the Anglican Church of Australia consecrated its first woman archbishop.

Internationally among the global Anglican Communion, it is a mixed bag.

There are four Anglican Communion jurisdictions that do not ordain any women to any order. They are: Central Africa, Melanesia, Papua New Guinea, and South-East Asia.

Two Anglican Communion jurisdictions do not ordain women priests. They are Nigeria and Pakistan. Most African provinces ordain women to the priesthood, with the exception of Rwanda and Nigeria.

One Anglican Communion jurisdiction that permits the ordination women priests, but hasn’t done so yet is Burma.

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