Or, the end of Anglo-Catholicism
Biretta tip to: The Young Fogey
No, not surprising in the least. When the vote came in February of 1993 (under George Carey's watch) to ordain women to the priesthood, who could doubt that the other shoe was going to fall?
As the then bishop of London, The Rev. Dr. Graham Leonard (now an RC priest) put it, there is "no doubt that the Church of England has become a sect. It may be the Established Sect, but a sect nonetheless."
From The Telegraph:
After six hour of emotional debate, one bishop broke down in tears saying he was ashamed of the church for ignoring the deeply felt wishes of traditionalists.
The Rt Rev Stephen Venner, the Suffragan Bishop of Dover, was comforted by other church leaders on the floor of the General Synod in York as its 468 members took a major step towards women becoming bishops, with just an unwritten statutory code of practice to cater for those who firmly believe the Bible teaches that bishops must be male, as Jesus and his apostles were.
Bishop Venner, said: “I have to say that for the first time in my life I am ashamed.
“We have talked for hours about wanting to give an honourable place for those who want to disagree and we have turned down almost every realistic opportunity for those who are opposed to flourish.”
Hundreds of traditionalists, including several bishops, may leave the church after an epic four-hour debate ended with proposals to create new "men only" dioceses or "super bishops" narrowly thrown out by members of the General Synod in York.
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