7.7.08

This just shows you that you can change your mind on an issue

Canon Ruth Worsley, of Southwell and Nottingham, welcomed the main motion which seeks an 'inclusive church' united behind decision made 33 years ago that there are 'no theological barriers' to the ordination of women. She as an evangelical had moved from the position of male headship to one of men and women standing together under the 'headship of Christ.' All bishops should be equal and authoritative in the ministry of Christ. She said evangelicals and catholics recognised that true catholicity recognised episcopal leadership. At a time when the Anglican Communion itself is facing schismatic pressures, the last thing the CofE needed was legislated divisions. It ought to be possible for a national church to accept that both theological stances are held 'with integrity'. There had to be a growth in trust.

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A little background reading on the two theological integrities in the Church of England regarding women in ministry.