NO BURNING BRIDGES FOR BURNHAM – JUST YET

From THE BBC:

A leading opponent of women bishops in the Church of England says he has put back a decision on converting to Rome after a vote on the issue was delayed.

Andrew Burnham, Bishop of Ebbsfleet, said he had "not taken bookings" after the General Synod vote next month. But after the Synod vote was put off to July, Bishop Burnham said he was now "not taking bookings" after then.

He and other opponents of women bishops are concerned that the Synod will not grant their leaders enough autonomy. The disagreement centres on the powers of those bishops - like Andrew Burnham - who are appointed to minister to parishes which oppose women priests. Those like Bishop Burnham do not want such powers to be granted at the discretion of the local diocesan bishop - who may in future be a woman.

COMMENT: I used to know Andrew when he lived in Nottingham. He bought me and Mrs MP lunch once and I went to his farewell mass when he left St. John's, Carrington Street. I'll give him his due, he was a big, straight Anglo-Catholic priest (married to a large, Jewish lady) and he did look after the gay clergy in the diocese and their partners. Nowadays he pretends they don't exist when he makes his reactionary pronouncements to the press. But of course, they still pay his wages.

When he was at St. John's he bullied his PCC into signing up to all the anti-woman resolutions. Within weeks of him leaving to become the principal of St. Stephen's college (another gay stronghold - predominantly misogynist at the time) the PCC overturned every single one of the resolutions.

It is unlikely that Andrew would ever have got to be a bishop if it wasn't for the schismatics. He is a big fish in a small pond so, no wonder, he wants to put off the loss of his moment of fame until the last possible minute. To be honest, even if the Synod votes against him, I still won't believe his threats until he's actually lying on his face, paying obeisance to some Roman bishop. Even then I don't think we should clear out his room. He is too full of his own self importance and used to getting his own way to remain a good little catholic for long.

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NO BURNING BRIDGES FOR BURNHAM – JUST YET — 3 Comments

  1. He is too full of his own self importance and used to getting his own way to remain a good little catholic for long

    Um, aren’t they all? … All that lot who claim they’re off to Rome?

  2. he was a big, straight Anglo-Catholic priest (married to a large, Jewish lady)

    I comprehend the “married to a large, Jewish lady” part (let’s even assume he’s a loving husband).

    But straight? Umm….