They will make a final decision in 2012…
The Church of England took another step towards ordaining women to the episcopate. At the meeting of their Synod last weekend, they adopted a draft proposal governing the question. In particular, they attempted to placate the conservative faction; priests who do not wish to serve under the authority of a bishopess will have the opportunity to go under the authority of another bishop, according to the BBC. Now, the Synod shall submit the document for discussion in 43 dioceses of the C of E over the next few weeks, leading British newspapers reported. This consultation could last up to two years, the dioceses would be able to offer amendments [to the proposal], and the proposal along with the submitted amendments would be put to a vote at the General Synod in 2012. If that vote is positive, the first female bishop in the Church of England could be appointed in 2014. For approval, the document needs the support of at least a two-thirds majority vote in each of the three chambers of the General Synod, bishops, priests, and laity. In the Church of England since 1994, more than 5,000 women were ordained priests. Since then, more than 500 priests retired early due to this phenomenon, the C of E paid special compensation totalling 27.4 million pounds. In 2008, about 1,300 Anglican clergy threatened to leave the church if the Synod gave the green light to women in the episcopate.
13 July 2010
This has ramifications for us as Orthodox… John Behr, Jonas Paffhausen, and Chad Hatfield, in particular, defend the OCA’s concordat with the TEC unremittingly. When the OCA signed a pact with Nashotah House, they knowingly signed an agreement with an institution that does not intend to leave the TEC. That is, they implicitly support the principle of female ordination to the priesthood and episcopate, in so doing, they spat on the position of the Holy Church of Moscow and all the Russias… Moscow almost broke off all dialogue with the EKD because that body elected a bishopess as its head. That is to say, the OCA is going against the general flow of the Church. They will not abrogate their agreements with the TEC, even though it has female bishops and is headed by a bishopess (who spat on the OCA in particular by her actions at the time of her mother’s funeral… remember that one, kiddies? She pushed the Orthodox priest aside to conduct the service herself). Now, we have this… how much more do we need to conclude that the Anglican Communion is corrupt and putrid?
What does it tell us about those who willingly sign agreements with such a body? What does that tell us about those who honour the leaders of such a body? I know what it tells ME. As for you, make up your own mind…