Telegraph: Women bishops demonstrate the Anglican tradition of compromise

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Then, hardly a day later, the Church of England let it be known that it intends to press ahead with the introduction of women bishops , while providing "complementary" male bishops for those clergy who are opposed to the change.

This issue of women's episcopacy has in the recent past excited extreme passions. But the responses from either end of the divide to yesterday's news smacked not so much of conflict and schism, as weary resignation. There was, inevitably, some grumpiness from both the women's campaign and traditionalists over the working details, but neither seems likely to throw their prayer books out of their prams.

Both these events – the bishops' attack on Government policy and the proposed provisions for women bishops – are good news for the Church of England. Actually, they are very good news, because they reflect valuable aspects of our national, established Church that many of us feared we were losing.

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Posted December 30, 2008 at 7:14 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]



1. Intercessor wrote:

What else could one expect from a political organization vaguely dressed up as a church. First women’s bishops next Sharia Law.
COE sinks like a stone.

Come Lord Jesus come to your people.
Intercessor

December 30, 8:47 pm | [comment link]
2. Nikolaus wrote:

The Truth is not subject to compromise.

December 30, 11:01 pm | [comment link]
3. Id rather not say wrote:

Both these events – the bishops’ attack on Government policy and the proposed provisions for women bishops – are good news for the Church of England. Actually, they are very good news, because they reflect valuable aspects of our national, established Church that many of us feared we were losing.

Ah, yes, those two valuable aspects: episcopal commentary on government economic policy, and compromise on matters of theological truth.  Glad the Brits are in no danger of losing them . . .

December 31, 12:02 am | [comment link]
4. drummie wrote:

How do these men (for now) think they have the authority, either moral or theological to speak ill of the government when they are theologically bankrupt?

December 31, 5:03 am | [comment link]
5. azusa wrote:

How do these men (for now) think they have the authority, either moral or theological to speak ill of the Britsh government when they were APPOINTED by the British government?
And whence their competence in economic matters? Are they professors of economics?

December 31, 5:24 am | [comment link]
6. Sarah1 wrote:

And it’s not even a compromise—the allowance of an alternate bishop is solely dependent on the bishop in charge.  You know . . . .kinda like the failed “DEPO” was in TEC.  And we all know how far that got!

December 31, 7:04 am | [comment link]
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