I’ve been researching the life of Florence Li Tim-Oi today, the first woman priest in the Anglican Communion. This led to me thinking about the gradual acceptance of female priestly and episcopal ministry in the Anglican Communion and how this is still not universal. Each province of the Anglican Communion is deciding the matter for themselves. We have some provinces with female priests and female bishops, some with female priests but no female bishops and some with no female priests or bishops.
In Anglican doctrine (for example as set out in the Thirty-Nine Articles) the non-sacraments of “orders” and “matrimony” have exactly the same status. Why then, is a province of the Anglican Communion that unilaterally alters the rules concerning matrimony changing a fundamental doctrine of Anglicanism whilst a province that unilaterally alters the rules concerning ordination is not?
I no longer expect much from the bishops of the Anglican Communion but you would think they could at least manage to be consistent about the big stuff.