The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have been visibly distressed that, in the Church of England’s rush to women bishops, traditionalists are being thrown under the bus. Dr. Williams held his head in his hands at the shameful 2008 Synod. Now they will take up for traditionalists by jointly proposing an amendment to provide a tenable place for those who cannot accept the sacramental ministry of women bishops. Here is today’s statement on their intentions. Additional links may be found here.
The femifundies will not be pleased, and the Daily Mail cheerfully warns of a “bloodbath.” On the other hand, Forward in Faith is cautiously hopeful after having little for which to hope for some time.
But there is no question that the Archbishops are angering many in the Church of England by defending the space of the traditionalists. Their brave effort, which has no guarantee of success, merits our support and prayers.
And, yes, my respect for ++Canterbury is growing. I may even have to eat some of my past words about him one day.