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Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Once again, Jon Birch hits the nail well and truly on the head...

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posted by Malcolm Chamberlain, 9:39 AM


Another thought - can churches choose to opt out from being under the authority of a MALE bishop? Obviously at the moment there are only male bishops in the Church of England, but when female bishops come along will churches be able to say, for example, "The (male) bishop of our diocese voted against female bishops, we do not agree with this on a theological basis, therefore we want a female bishop or a male bishop who agrees that women can be bishops"?

commented by Blogger zero_zero_one, 10:21 AM  

That's a really interesting question! I think the answer, as you're probably well aware, is simply 'no' but asking the question does raise an inconsistency which we, as a Church, shouldn't be happy with. Now... where to ask the question...!

commented by Blogger Malcolm Chamberlain, 1:57 PM  

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