Voting down plans to ordain women bishops would have a “devastating” effect on the Church of England, the General synod has been warned.
The Telegraph, By John Bingham, November 20
Opening an historic debate at Church House in London, the Bishop of Manchester, the Rt Rev Nigel McCullough, urged delegates to support the move, ending years of acrimony over the issue.
He said that a failure to approve the change, despite overwhelming support in parishes, would cause real harm to the Church’s credibility and “God’s mission”.
He insisted that under a compromise arrangement traditionalists who object to women’s ministry on theological grounds would still have an “honoured place” in the national Church.
But leading the opposition to the change, Canon Simon Killwick, leader of one of the main Anglo-Catholic factions, said the current proposals were “not fit for purpose”.
Also, The Telegraph: Women bishops: judgment day, at last