Church of England says “No” to women bishops

The Church of England voted not to allow women to be bishops.  Bishops, priests, and laity had to pass the proposed change by a two-thirds majority.  The Bishops voted 44-3 in favor of female bishops.  The priests voted 148-45 in favor.  The measure was blocked by the laity, who voted 132-74, which was about 4 votes shy of the 2/3 needed.

The British parliament is indignant and is threatening intervention in the state church.

Some people recommend an episcopalian polity so that bishops would keep churches orthodox.  But it would seem, judging from the experience of American Anglicanism, that they don’t.   Some favor a clergy-dominated polity to keep the church orthodox, and yet, as we see here, the clergy are often the ones trying to enforce a liberal agenda.  In this case and in many others, the laity turn out to be most conservative faction in the church.

 

via Church of England blocks move to approve female bishops.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • http://simonpotamos.org.uk Tapani Simojoki

    It’s not quite as straightforward a situation as suggested here. One of the primary reasons for voting No was a concern about provision for those who cannot in conscience accept the episcopal (or indeed priestly) ministry of women, rather than an actual objection to such ministry. In other words, many voted ‘No’ to the proposal on the table, rather than to the consecration of women as bishops. Otherwise, the thing would surely have passed. Read more here: Stand Firm.

    The media & political reaction has been predictably risible.

  • http://simonpotamos.org.uk Tapani Simojoki

    It’s not quite as straightforward a situation as suggested here. One of the primary reasons for voting No was a concern about provision for those who cannot in conscience accept the episcopal (or indeed priestly) ministry of women, rather than an actual objection to such ministry. In other words, many voted ‘No’ to the proposal on the table, rather than to the consecration of women as bishops. Otherwise, the thing would surely have passed. Read more here: Stand Firm.

    The media & political reaction has been predictably risible.

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  • rlewer

    Actually, the numbers show that the laity also voted for women priests also (by almost 2/3 s). What does this say about the Church of England?

  • rlewer

    Actually, the numbers show that the laity also voted for women priests also (by almost 2/3 s). What does this say about the Church of England?

  • http://mikeerich.blogspot.com Mike Erich The Mad Theologian

    I is my opinion that anyone who trusts in a particular church structure or some part of that structure to maintain orthodoxy is trusting in vain. Once orthodoxy dies in the hearts of the members of an organization, no structure will maintain it.

  • http://mikeerich.blogspot.com Mike Erich The Mad Theologian

    I is my opinion that anyone who trusts in a particular church structure or some part of that structure to maintain orthodoxy is trusting in vain. Once orthodoxy dies in the hearts of the members of an organization, no structure will maintain it.

  • Jim Hamilton

    Other headlines might be:

    Church of England says “no” to the the Gospel

    Church of England says “yes” to Universalism

    Church of England says “oh yeah!” to gay sex

    Church of England says “why not?” to every pathetic secular political trend in the world

    And so on.

  • Jim Hamilton

    Other headlines might be:

    Church of England says “no” to the the Gospel

    Church of England says “yes” to Universalism

    Church of England says “oh yeah!” to gay sex

    Church of England says “why not?” to every pathetic secular political trend in the world

    And so on.

  • JunkerGeorg

    Always puzzled me when living in England and attending an Anglican church for lack of nothing better (i.e., confessional Lutheran). The two male priests led a traditional service using the Book of Common Prayer. They also were ardent members of some “Forward in Faith” group within the Anglican church which was opposed to the ordination of women. Yet, the strange thing was that these two priests were a homosexual couple! It admittedly tested my belief in St. Augustine’s stance on Donatism, at least for a brief moment.

  • JunkerGeorg

    Always puzzled me when living in England and attending an Anglican church for lack of nothing better (i.e., confessional Lutheran). The two male priests led a traditional service using the Book of Common Prayer. They also were ardent members of some “Forward in Faith” group within the Anglican church which was opposed to the ordination of women. Yet, the strange thing was that these two priests were a homosexual couple! It admittedly tested my belief in St. Augustine’s stance on Donatism, at least for a brief moment.


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