After blocking the ordination of women bishops last November, the Anglican Church’s governing body has voted for a do-over.
Last week the head of the Anglican Church, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, in effect told the church’s governing body that it’s 2013 and it’s time to get with it. I paraphrase, of course.
Welby said that it’s time for the Anglican Church to realize that much of the world has progressed when it comes to its views on women, and that the church would be foolish to ignore that fact. Put simply, it’s a matter of equality.
“If we say we will ordain women as priests and bishops, we must do so in exactly the same way as we ordain men,” he said.
Funny how that works, eh?
Well that was last week.
On Monday, the General Synod (the church’s governing body) voted by simple majority to approve the ordination of women bishops.
It’s going to be at least two years for this process to be completed even though, according to Reuters, the measure passed overwhelmingly as “a matter of urgency.”
I’m not sure they know what urgency means, but two years is a much shorter span of time than the 10 years of debate that lead to the defeat of this measure last year.
Here’s the catch: It’s significant that this vote only needed a simple majority from members of the Synod.
According to Paul Handley, editor of the Church Times newspaper, if the vote last November had needed a simple majority, it would have easily passed.
However, the vote needed a two-thirds majority–something the Synod could demand again.
To put this into perspective, in November the yays had 73 percent, but that was six votes shy of the required two-thirds majority.
Even though women have been allowed to be Anglican priests since 1992, there is still a vocal conservative minority who would like to see the measure fail once again.
“There will be a sense of gnawing anxiety on our part if we go down the route as it stands,” said Rod Thomas, chairman of the evangelical group Reform.
And what is there to be anxious about, exactly? Women can be bishops in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the United States.
To be fair, those societies have completely collapsed under their own hedonistic weight and devil-worship.
Oh wait. The haven’t? Interesting… .
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