Church debating women bishops

2010-07-09 22:11

kalahari.com

London - The Church of England's governing body opened a five-day meeting on Friday dominated by debate over the roles of women bishops.

The church has scheduled 15 hours of discussion during the meeting in York on a subject that has angered traditional Anglicans who believe that allowing women to be bishops is contrary to the Bible.

They want a structure that guarantees they will be supervised by male bishops and led by male priests who were not ordained by a female bishop.

The church began ordaining women to the priesthood in 1994, and the governing General Synod has for the past five years been trying to smooth the way for women to become bishops.

Church officials say that it will be 2014 at the earliest before any woman is elevated to bishop.

No restrictions

Advocates for women bishops say they should serve on the same basis as men do now, without restrictions on their authority.

"When will the Church of England accept that to set up structures that implicitly infer that some people are less a child of God than others is just poor theology and a stumbling block to our proclamation of the gospel?" asked the Reverend Lindsay Southern, a member of the National Committee of Women and The Church, in a June 22 letter to archbishops.

But, opponents of women bishops say they were assured that their points of view would be protected when the church voted in 1992 to allow women to become priests.

"It seems to us a matter of simple integrity that Synod should now keep its word to us in this and not force us down a road none of us wish to tread," the Reverend Rod Thomas, chairperson of the evangelical group Reform, said in a letter to bishops in May.

Though, bitterly torn over homosexuality, the 77 million-member worldwide Anglican Communion has largely lived with differences about women as priests and bishops.

The Episcopal Church in the United States was the first to have a woman as bishop, in 1989, followed by Anglican bodies in New Zealand, Canada and Cuba.

The US Episcopal Church is now led by a woman, the Most Reverend Katharine Jefferts Schori.

The General Synod meeting comes days after controversy over the possibility that a gay priest might be nominated as the next bishop of Southwark in south London.

Officially, no one has confirmed news reports that the Very Reverend Jeffrey John, the dean of St. Albans Cathedral, was ever on the list of possible nominees considered in secret by a nominating commission or that he was not recommended for the post.

- AP
Read more on:    uk
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

You HAVE to see this MTB Tsunami Fip!

You might not know what a Tsunami Flip is, but just watching this will turn your eyes into saucers. Check out this first-ever MTB Tsunami Flip in contest here.

 
 

Where were you when you last felt alive?

Mountain unicycling – say WHAT?
Bear Grylls’ top 10 things kids should do outdoors
Top tips to ensure you’re running right
Stand-up paddle boarding a great workout

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Deal of the week!

20% off Afrikaans books, music and DVDs. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to R1000 on Hisense smartphones!

View the large range of Hisense smartphones. Buy today and save up to R1000!

Hot gaming titles – available for pre-order!

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Day Zero Edition, Far Cry 4, Grand Theft Auto 5 and more. Pre-order now!

Get a free eBook

Buy 3 eBooks and get the cheapest FREE. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Bargain box – 60% off

Reduced prices, very limited stock. While stocks last. Hurry and shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Power and leadership are emphasized today. It is important to strategize and delegate well otherwise you may end up with too much...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.