Considering the fact that I, and people like me who profess to embrace true liberality in the Church; this blog-post comes as a refreshing breath of fresh air. Despite the problems of dealing with conservative clergy and bishops in the Church, I believe that, in the interests of the acceptance of diversity, we must all come to the realisation that this is what Christian liberality is really all about – acceptance of the fact that there are points of view, different from own own, that have an intrinsic right to be expressed in a Church that calls itself ‘catholic’. – Father Ron –
Today it was announced that Philip North, Vicar of Old St Pancras in London and a prominent member of Traditionalist Anglo-Catholic group Forward in Faith, is to be the new Bishop of Burnley. He is, therefore, someone who will not receive the sacramental ministry of women priests and bishops. Kelvin Holdsworth, the Provost of Glasgow, has objected to Philip’s appointment on social media today. Although Kelvin is someone I have a lot of regard for and agree on a lot of things with, I simply can’t agree with him here.
For what it’s worth, I am and always have been a supporter of the full inclusion of women in the Church’s threefold orders of ministry. It is one of the main reasons why I moved from Roman Catholicism to Anglicanism 17 years ago. I rejoice that I think I can reasonably expect to see a woman as Archbishop of Canterbury…
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