Thursday, 22 November 2012

Mixed messages

As promised, here is a link to the full transcript of the Archbishop of Canterbury's statement to The Church of England's General Synod yesterday morning:
This is the passage with which many of us would wish to take particular issue, although there is much in his other comments with which we would wholeheartedly agree:
"...After all the effort that has gone into this process over the last few years, after the intense frustration that has been experienced in recent years – and I don’t just speak of yesterday – about getting to the right point to make a decision, it would be tempting to conclude that it is too difficult, that perhaps the issue should be parked for a while.  I don’t believe that is possible because of what I said earlier about the sense of our credibility in the wider society. Every day in which we fail to resolve this to our satisfaction, and the Church of England’s satisfaction, is a day when our credibility in the public eye is likely to diminish, and we have to take that seriously: however uncomfortable that message may be.  There is a matter of mission here and we can’t afford to hang about.  We can’t, as I said yesterday in my remarks, indefinitely go on living simply theologically with the anomaly of women priests who cannot be considered for bishops...". 
In contrast, and highly welcome to beleaguered traditionalists in the West, comes this statement from Kenyan Archbishop Eliud Wabukala, Chairman of the GAFCON Primates Council:
"Although I realise many will be very frustrated that the Church of England's General Synod failed to pass legislation to admit women to the episcopate by such a narrow margin, I believe that this result will come to be seen as a positive turning point. The key issue at this stage was the maintenance of proper safeguards for those who as a matter of theological principle could not accept such a fundamental change. I am therefore heartened that the Church of England has stepped aside from following the path of the Episcopal Church of the United States which has progressively marginalised and excluded those who seek to hold to historic Anglican faith and order in good conscience.Now that legislative pressure has been removed, it is my prayer that there can be a period of calm reflection in which the biblical understanding of calling, for both men and women, will be prominent."

1 comment:

  1. I understand that the Archdeacon of Northampton is considering HER position and that several of her colleagues are doing the same. What a pity it would be if they were climb out of the pram after throwing out their toys. It just shows what a shallow lot they are. They could all go to the Episcopal Church in North America where they could all become bishops!


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