Tuesday, July 28, 2009


Interesting and very sharp comment here, about Rowan's latest missive: "The argument he made (that changes must be grounded in thorough and convincing biblical exegesis and accepted by the Church at large after that has been done) apply as well to the issue of women priests and certainly to women bishops, an issue very current for the Church of England."

Quite. Either we're an autonomous church/communion (part of the Church Catholic) or we're not. Either we have decided that the ordination of women to the priesthood is legitimate, or we have not (leaving aside questions like divorce and the status of the Queen).

The logic of Rowan's argument is (ultimately) that we should accept papal primacy, because the Roman Church doesn't recognise us as legitimate.

Bonkers. One thing that has changed in me over the last several years is a realisation that in this sense (and in this sense only) I am a Protestant.

UPDATE: thought this was good (via Tim C).

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