From the UK’s best Catholic weekly, The Catholic Herald comes this interested piece to which I add my usual E&C.
The Catholic group in the Church of England’s General Synod has called for traditionalists to stay, claiming that they have the numbers to ensure provisions for objectors to women bishops. [This time, perhaps. And how about after the next vote? Good argument, huh? We are going to have a vote about female bishops but we will give some people provisions so that they can pretend that we didn’t. This is the sort of thing you can vote on in the Church of England.]
Led by Canon Simon Killwick, the group claims that a reshuffle in the Church of England’s legislative body means that Anglo-Catholics and evangelicals could successfully oppose legislation on women bishops in 2012 unless it is amended to meet their demands.
They hope to establish a rival organisation to the Personal Ordinariate offered by the Pope, through which Anglicans can convert in groups while retaining their distinctive patrimony and practices, including married priests. [I’m still waiting for Romanorum coetibus.]
Meanwhile the Society of St Wilfrid and St Hilda, set up last month with the backing of senior Church of England bishops, will offer a structure which closely resembles the Catholic ordinariate. The society will not have women priests or bishops or geographical boundaries and its members will obey their own bishop rather than fall under the authority of the local diocesan bishop, if the General Synod accepts amendments.
Instead of being in communion with the Pope members will be in communion with the Church of England, even if its members consider sacraments performed by women priests invalid. [Think about that.]
You can read the rest there.
After a long day of wondering why some churches think they can vote about matters such as the ordination of women as anything, much less as bishops, relax with a WDTPRS mug filled to the brim with piping hot Mystic Monk Coffee.
Bask in the safe-haven of Holy Catholic Church and refresh your coffee supply today!
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Now, how your daddy don’t mind
And your mommy don’t mind
If we have another dance
Yeah, just one more
One more time