There’s Nothing In The Streets Looks Any Different To Me

Rejoice! Women in the Church of England will now be able to be in charge and tell everyone else what to do, just like men. Jesus will be so pleased.

What would Jesus have done? I have a sneaking suspicion that he would have brought equality into the Church of England not by voting in favour of women bishops but by voting for the banning of men from the office as well. Let's face it, after nigh on two thousand years the holders of the episcopal office in England are still intent on avoiding the whole "servant" element of the job description at all costs and I'm afraid the twenty years that women have been priests has proved beyond doubt that bringing women into the club won't make a jot of difference. It will be business as usual, more of the same except some of them will be wearing dresses (in public).


There’s Nothing In The Streets Looks Any Different To Me — 7 Comments

    • It would be like the condemned man applauding the appointment of his executioner.

  1. There are times when I think the Church would be better off with no clerics at all; Clericalism is, after all, a purely human invention as is religion.

    • I think we should definitely strip all the orders, and the laity for that matter, of all authority. We would then be left with a church where nobody can tell anybody else what to do or think. Everything would be voluntary.

  2. Hmmm. I believe a fellow named Jesus tried that. He never told anyone to worship him, but he did tell people to follow him (which is a much more difficult task don’t you think?

  3. I’ve been fortunate enough to work with some bishops who were servant leaders, but of course I’ve met the other kind too.

    I think the deeper issue here is that many aspects (visual and otherwise) of episcopacy as currently practiced in the Anglican churches seem to run contrary to the spirit of what Jesus is saying in Matthew 23:5-12. So, although I wouldn’t go as far as Jonathan, I have to agree that simply including women in the leadership club will only go part way toward making us a more Christlike church. What’s needed is a change of attitude in the Church about what being a bishop is all about. 1 Peter 5:1-4 wouldn’t be a bad place to start, and of course it sends us directly to John 10.