I’m going to dip my toe into the dangerous waters of religion, with the vote taken by the Church of England’s General Synod to deny the appointment of women as bishops.
Before I go any further, I will admit that I am not particularly religious... I don’t go to church and those beliefs that I hold have been borne from experience as opposed to teaching, but that said I would never question the faith of others...
Apparently, the vote to allow the election of female bishops had to pass through three stages – each with a two-thirds majority. The results from the Houses of Bishops and Clergy went in favour of the motion, but not in the House of Laity, the third and final hurdle...
Only six votes decided the eventual outcome, with the news apparently arriving very “laity”in the day...
Clearly such an emotive subject was always going create equally strong reaction from opposing camps, but I haven’t bothered to read much of what has been said because my view is very simple: why shouldn’t women be able to become bishops?
Yes I accept that I am out of my depth as far as the internal workings of the Church are concerned, but irrespective of even the most “convincing” argument, I just cannot understand why a person’s sex should be a determining factor in the appointment of such a role within the clergy. Maybe I’m the naive one, but isn’t that as basic a definition of “sexual discrimination” as you could find?
I wonder what people like Emmeline Pankhurst would think, less than a century after the efforts of her and others of similar belief and strength, helped to enfranchise women and enable them to be elected to Parliament.
The irony of her quote: “Trust in God: She will provide” will not be lost on many today... a day on which I think members of the Church of England demonstrated a worrying lack of foresight and a fundamental failure to understand the world in which the overwhelming majority of us ordinary folk live...
All my own work... almost.