"A group of influential MPs will tomorrow call for Parliament to intervene over the historic reform as fears grow that the Church will reject plans allowing female bishops.It seems, then, that Parliament, which intervened so decisively twenty years ago to protect traditionalists in the Church of England, is now likely to use its powers against them.
The cross-party group, including former ministers Frank Field and Stephen Timms, and Simon Hughes, the deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats, is concerned that the General Synod, the Church's parliament, may not pass legislation designed to end the glass ceiling for women clergy."
But the problem is not so much that of political interference in the life of the Church, but the continued existence of a State Church itself which makes such interventions to force the Church to conform to contemporary post-Christian secular values not only possible but inevitable.
It is in the Anglican DNA. Even in Anglican provinces now disestablished and separated from the Church of England (and in others never so attached to the parent body) there is a marked reluctance - a psychological aversion, even distaste - for anything which seems to put a distance between the Church and the prevailing values of society.
For quite a few of us there now seems only one way to free ourselves from this modern 'Babylonian captivity.'
I understand the project is already under way.