Eight senior women are to be added to the House of Bishops as non-voting members until such time as at least six women bishops have been appointed. This great piece of news emerged yesterday and is in the Church Times and Church of England Newspaper today, whoopee!!!!!
It seems to me that the House of Bishops is determined to have women in the episcopacy regardless of the clear vote against in General Synod so there will another run of the vote later this year. In the meanwhile we will have these “senior” women in the House of Bishops as a sort of bishop-designate. Those of us who believe in the faith handed down from the Apostles and maintained through 2,000 years wonder what our Bishops, the apostles successors, think they are up to by ignoring this.
I’ve no doubt, that in the fullness of time, the liberal agenda will succeed and women will become bishops. Wouldn’t it make senses to wait until then before inviting women into the House of Bishops. One can only hope and pray that when that time does come, suitable and acceptable provision will be made for those of us who cannot, in conscience, accept this novelty.
As an aside I came across a situation recently where a women vicar is insisting that her congregation call her Father. So here we have a female priest demanding to be called by a male designation – the mind boggles.