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Church of England Votes 'Yes' to Women Bishops

Society & Culture  (tags: culture, religion, Church of England, women, gender equality, world )

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"This is a watershed moment for the Church of England and a huge step forward in making our society fairer," Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said.

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Animae C (516)
Tuesday July 15, 2014, 5:00 am
Well done Church of England!

Kerstin Strobl (371)
Tuesday July 15, 2014, 5:38 am

Teresa W (782)
Tuesday July 15, 2014, 6:28 am
great news

Sheryl G (363)
Tuesday July 15, 2014, 7:38 am
I'm not into structured religions that were set up by the males desires for control and power over all. But for those who do; this was long overdue.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday July 15, 2014, 8:41 am
Well what took so long--way overdue. Thanks

Lady Suki (446)
Tuesday July 15, 2014, 8:45 am
Good for England. It would have been even better in 1914, 1814, or you know since ever. But it's a start.

federico b (47)
Tuesday July 15, 2014, 9:38 am

Emma S (239)
Tuesday July 15, 2014, 9:43 am
It's good that they have equality of opportunity to promulgate a misogynistic belief system...

Craig Pittman (52)
Tuesday July 15, 2014, 9:47 am
I am not at all connected to structural belief systems but kudos to the Church of England. Time now for the other churches to grant equality to women. Thanks for the story Nancy.

jan b (5)
Tuesday July 15, 2014, 11:01 am
If other churches and their members want changes that's one thing. But for the public who aren't affiliated with these churches still are demanding this that and the other....then they are overstepping boundaries. To each their own and let THEM decide .

Ralph F (66)
Tuesday July 15, 2014, 2:23 pm
Good news. I've never understood how religions which claim to be concerned about everyone's spiritual development exclude certain portions of the population from spiritual activities. Don't tell me organized, hierarchical religions have other priorities!

Debra G (0)
Tuesday July 15, 2014, 3:38 pm
"…the General Synod, the governing body of the Church of England, voted overwhelmingly in favor of an amended plan …The 2012 vote was rejected by the Synod, with the bishops and the clergy in favor and opposition from lay members denying the two-thirds majority needed in all three houses to pass." The Church was for it, but the laity wasn't two years ago. That's a switch. Anyway, congrats CoE - maybe your brothers in Christ (Mormons, Catholics, etc.) will see the light.

Birgit W (160)
Tuesday July 15, 2014, 4:10 pm

Stan B (123)
Tuesday July 15, 2014, 5:14 pm
And about time too. Thanks Nancy.

Charlene Rush (79)
Tuesday July 15, 2014, 5:53 pm
Some sanity emerges.

Lois Jordan (63)
Tuesday July 15, 2014, 6:05 pm
Noted. Thanks for the news, Nancy. Although it doesn't affect me, I think it's a great move!

Rosa Caldwell (384)
Tuesday July 15, 2014, 6:21 pm
Thanks for spreading the news.

Mitchell D (87)
Tuesday July 15, 2014, 6:52 pm
Yes, Charlie, and "some sanity" is better than none, even in the context of religion.

Shirley S (187)
Tuesday July 15, 2014, 7:30 pm
Good news for "women's rights".

Renata Rodrigues (100)
Tuesday July 15, 2014, 8:30 pm
Good news!

Evelyn B (79)
Tuesday July 15, 2014, 8:38 pm
Noted Tks. Nancy,,, This is very good news for women..

Maria Teresa Schollhorn (42)
Wednesday July 16, 2014, 1:30 am
Good news! Thank you Nancy.

Wednesday July 16, 2014, 2:45 am
Thanks Nancy. It is way past time that the Anglican church allowed women to become biships. so I am so glad that they are now allowing them to hold that position in the church. I am afraid that most churches are still living in yesteryear and keeping women in the same state that they were in two thousand years ago which iis totally insane! I don't know WHY the curch is so far behind the rest of the world when it comes to change. I mean, Jesus himself never meant women to be deemed lesser beings that men and he did NOT give the rules that women should be quiet in curch and all the other demeaning things that later Chritians came up with. I only hope htat all churches will soon be able to get into the year 2014 and stop it's bigotry and unfair judgmentalism and old fashioned humanistic ideas. Men have made a farce out of the image of Christianity as Jesus meant it to be about very little except lovie and caring and being non-judgemental and feeding and caring for each other! Peeopls ahve got it SO wrong! Love is what it is alla bout and all peole being equal.. evern women! GASP!

Past Member (0)
Wednesday July 16, 2014, 5:43 am
But not without concessions for traditionalists unwilling to serve under a woman bishop, giving them the right to ask for a male alternative and to take disputes to an independent arbitrator.

Lona G (80)
Wednesday July 16, 2014, 5:49 am
With increasing secularisation in the western world, some churches see that they have little option but to 'modernise', ease a little bit on male domination and adapt to what is happening in society for almost a century now, if only to keep as many of their flock within the church.

The right wing religions seem to have opted for the other approach and are trying to change society back and into accepting their narrow minded view of the world and deny women their hard earned rights.

Nancy C (806)
Wednesday July 16, 2014, 6:27 am
As far right as some religions seem to be, certainly factions have grown to live in reality. Case in point: My sister and her wife graduated from and have been working for many years as teachers, dean and chairs of departments for a Catholic University in NJ...

Lady Suki (446)
Wednesday July 16, 2014, 8:06 am
If that's true John, I gotta say those people have REALLY fragile faith. If you think your bishop having cleavage is enough to disrupt your relationship with God. But it's their right to be sexists. Yes, yes, I know "it's their religion." Still sexists.

Carol J (9)
Wednesday July 16, 2014, 10:01 am
As a member of the Church of England I am delighted that this has finally been approved. Now we need to fully support gay marriage & we will have finally entered the 21st century!

Lady Suki (446)
Wednesday July 16, 2014, 10:03 am
Green star for Carol J, for the excellent comment.

Jane H (139)
Wednesday July 16, 2014, 12:49 pm
Hooray !! Thanks for the good news, Nancy !!

Joanne D (38)
Wednesday July 16, 2014, 1:29 pm
Of course Andy Borowitz has his own take on this.
I personally agree with the 1533 date, and note the Church of England was specifically founded to override the rights of ONE woman (Catherine of Aragon). But that does show how far they have come!

Angelika Kempter (96)
Wednesday July 16, 2014, 2:08 pm
Bekannt & Danke

pam w (139)
Wednesday July 16, 2014, 4:48 pm
Welcome to the 21st century!

Barbara T (431)
Wednesday July 16, 2014, 10:20 pm
"The Church of England voted on Monday to allow women to become bishops, a historic decision which overturns centuries of tradition in a Church that has been deeply divided over the issue.
.... after a five-hour debate on Monday, the General Synod, the governing body of the Church of England, voted overwhelmingly in favour of an amended plan at its meeting in the northern English city of York."

By the way, it's worthwhile to WATCH THE VIDEO, actually quite exciting!

You see by the VOTE and the Video, that the C of E is what we take for granted, a SOMEWHAT DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTION, responsive to the Wishes and the VOTES of its Membership. We are used to Protestant Churches that operate in somewhat the same fashion, we take that for GRANTED.

However and on the other hand, the Holy Roman Catholic Church for example, is NOT A DEMOCRACY, but originated in and is modeled after FEUDALISM. The Roman Catholic Hierarchy DOES NOT HAVE TO PAY THE SLIGHTEST ATTENTION to what its Laity actually WANTS.
THEREFORE, there is NO CHANCE IN HELL {or in Heaven!} that the Roman Catholic Church will EVER have female Bishops or Priests, even.
Ya see, THIS is the Reason they decided: Jesus is GOD, and Jesus was a MAN, and THEREFORE Priests HAVE TO BE Men... Yes! THIS IS ACTUALLY WHAT CATHOLIC THEOLOGY SAYS... I looked it up. Uh huh. This makes PERFECT SENSE to a Catholic Theologian...
And then you have the little {!} matter of the Infallibility of the Pope - means, any current Pope, is BOUND by what Previous Popes have said "ex cathedra" on Matters of Faith and Morals - if the current Pope disagrees, then the current Pope would BE A HERETIC, and that's "impossible"...!

So, you WILL NOT SEE THIS in the Catholic Church. For Eternity...
C of E people who disagree strongly with this Vote for Female Bishops, especially C of E Priests, are invited to JOIN THE HOLY ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH to improve its diminishing ranks...

The Mormons have a SIMILAR STRUCTURE, they are NOT DEMOCRATIC like most "modern" Churches, they are TOTALITARIAN and won't be ordaining Female Bishops either, the Angel Moroni didn't say it was ok...

Past Member (0)
Thursday July 17, 2014, 4:54 am
Next step is Archbishop :)

Past Member (0)
Thursday July 17, 2014, 6:06 am
Wonderful news, noted

Helen P (39)
Sunday July 20, 2014, 11:50 pm
Okay I reckon
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