From THE CHURCH TIMES:
A fourth order of ordained ministry has been created by the dean and chapter of Newcastle Cathedral in the north east of England. From now on the greasy pole will consist of deacons, priests, senior priests and bishops. This change in the ancient traditions of the church has been made in order to accomodate the bishop of Newcastle's insistence on calling get togethers of the "important" employees of the diocese "senior staff meetings."
But, seriously, the inclusive language movement has proved, beyond doubt, that George Orwell was right in that the language we use effects our attitudes. As long as the Church of England insists on using hierarchical language it will remain a perversion of true Christian community. Those outside of the church perceive the Church of England as just another institution like any other and who can blame them when the church is so intent on being just like any other institution. Christian communities should challenge the power obsessed systems of politics and commerce in the same way Christ did. But if we did that our bishops wouldn't get to sit in the House of Lords and earn nearly twice as much as a parish priest. So, I doubt that there will be any big changes made soon. In fact, we will probably cling on to privilege until the Church has become so irrelevant in English society that all those who are in it for the power and authority trip have left. Blessed are the non-stipendary for they shall inherit the Church of England.